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Sunday, October 7 • 10:35am - 11:50am
Fictional Hybridity: Intersections with Theory, Genre, and Technology

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According to Derrida, "the motif of homogeneity, the theological motif par excellence, is decidedly the one to be destroyed." Otherwise stated, homogeneity need not be destroyed because (textual) homogeneity does not exist. This reading and Q&A features four prose writers whose work interrogates the concepts of hybridity and unity. As early as Don Quixote, novels have been critiqued for their perceived heterogeneity, lack of proportion, or the incorporation of extraneous material. Yet what would would a "pure" text, free from mixture, look like? How much may a novel absorb, for example, from poetry, nonfiction, the visual arts, or the Internet before it ceases to be a novel? These are just a few of the issues and questions that will be taken up by the reading and discussion to follow.

Speakers
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Jessica Berger

Jessica Berger is a Chicago-based fiction writer as well as an editor with Grimoire and Always Crashing Magazine. Her work has been featured in Ninth Letter, Pank, Barrelhouse, trnsfr, Gamut, The Spectacle, Maudlin House, Moonsick, Midwestern Gothic, and elsewhere.
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Dan Magers

Dan Magers’s first book of poems, Partyknife, (Birds, LLC) was described by Thurston Moore “as if poet-ghost adrift thru dressing rooms backstage taking notes…Writing poems like these is just as good as starting a band.” His newest poetry chapbook Spiritual Grave Year is published... Read More →
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Brooks Sterritt

Brooks Sterritt’s writing appears in The New Republic, Subtropics, Vice, and The Believer. He recently completed a novel exploring the novel-film relation.
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Brooke Wonders

Assistant Professor of Languages & Literatures, University of Northern Iowa


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

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