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Saturday, October 6 • 10:35am - 12:00pm
The Domestic and the Documentary: Writing the Familial in Literary & Anthropological Work

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What forms do we find to give voice to experiences of inheritance? How do images – and stories – travel between the sites of the domestic and the documentary? How might one rework a definitive, monolithic picture of history through documentary poetics? This panel intends to explore the kinds of temporal and dynamic forms that emerge out of the collision of identity, inheritance, and the relationship between so-called private or family spaces and unconventional practices of documentation, with a particular attention to experimental prose forms. Panelists will present their currently developing creative nonfiction, prose poetry, and ethnographic projects, discussing their processes with one another and the audience. Projects include a lyric, multi- and nonlinear family history of political violence and displacement; an exploration of the journal or daily record for T/GNC people as the site of both fact and surreality; and an anthropological case history that follows, through fragments of memory, the reverberations of a diagnosis through one family. Through this discussion, panelists will explore how images move between the sites of the domestic and the documentary; how stories migrate through time, space, bodies, and dreams; and how one might complicate linear genealogies through poiesis, following the temporalities and rhythms of relatedness. Finally, panelists will consider how the 'document' of various forms may sway or change as pressure is put up against its language.


S. Brook Corfman

S. Brook Corfman is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection Luxury, Blue Lace (chosen by Richard Siken for the Autumn House Rising Writer Prize) and of Meteorites, a letterpress prose chapbook from DoubleCross Press.

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint is the author of the lyric novel The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, A Haven (Noemi Press, 2018) and the forthcoming family history project, Zat Lun, which won the 2018 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. Her short prose has appeared in the Black Warrior... Read More →

Sara E. Roth

Sarah E. Roth lives and writes in Baltimore, where she is a PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Notre Dame.

Saturday October 6, 2018 10:35am - 12:00pm EDT
117 DeBartolo Hall

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