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Sunday, October 7 • 10:35am - 11:50am
"Wars I Have Seen: (Re)Writing American Militarism"

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War has always infected American writing, but a new militarism emerging in recent decades challenges poets, novelists, and non-fiction writers to think in innovative ways about the relationship between state violence, consumer culture, and the literary imagination. This panel will discuss how fiction and poetry might address ongoing contemporary wars, often distant, undeclared, covert, and fought by drones, mercenaries, and special forces operators, while recognizing the long history of American militarism and the dubious complicity of much American war literature. Creative and critical responses will focus on questions of form, rhetoric, style, audience, and narrative: How do we write, and rewrite, the story of American war?

Panel format will begin with introductory remarks by Roy Scranton, then creative and critical presentations from participants, approximately 8-10 minutes each, and conclude with a discussion and Q&A with the audience.


Roy Scranton

University of Notre Dame
Roy Scranton is the author of WE'RE DOOMED. NOW WHAT?, WAR PORN, and LEARNING TO DIE IN THE ANTHROPOCENE. He is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame.


Omar El Akkad

Omar El Akkad is the author of AMERICAN WAR. He is based in Portland, Oregon.

Andrea Brady

Andrea Brady is the author of several books of poetry including THE STRONG ROOM and CUT FROM THE RUSHES, and is currently finishing a monograph on POETRY AND BONDAGE as a fellow of the National Humanities Center. She is Professor of Poetry at Queen Mary University of London.

Rob Halpern

Rob Halpern lives between San Francisco and Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he teaches at Eastern Michigan University and Huron Valley Women’s Prison. His books include Common Place (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), Music for Porn (Nightboat Books, 2012), Disaster Suites (Palm Press, 2009... Read More →

Hilary Plum

Hilary Plum is the author of the novel Strawberry Fields, winner of the Fence Modern Prize in Prose (2018); the work of nonfiction Watchfires (2016), winner of the 2018 GLCA New Writers Award for Creative Nonfiction; and the novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (2013). She... Read More →

Sunday October 7, 2018 10:35am - 11:50am EDT
117 DeBartolo Hall

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