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Sunday, October 7 • 9:00am - 10:25am
Open Wounds: Eros in Contemporary Feminist Poetics

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This panel will explore a feminist poetics that articulates pleasure, desire, and dynamic attachment in response to the psychic and bodily wounds imposed by patriarchal violence. Given that this violence is often aimed at the body’s capacity for pleasure and desire, we will look at work that explores eros, vulnerability, and relationality to mark these wounds rather than conceal or heal them, to, as Rosi Braidotti has said, explore desire as fundamental in the “feminist politics of pursuing alternative definitions of female subjectivity.” In addition to looking at ways certain works of prose, poetry, and cross-genre work in translation aim to trouble liberal virtues of individualism, self-interest, and what Judith Butler has called “the masculinist fantasies of sovereign mastery,” we will ask larger questions like, what are different ways to articulate the “female” body, what is the “female” body, and how to perform the body in all of its various particularities, its languaged, cultural, and social iterations. With the aim of challenging hierarchical arrangements of public/private, self/other, production/reproduction, and pleasure/pain, we hope to explore virtues of eros playing a primary role in meaning-making, subject-formation, and the making of the poem and social/poetic self.

Speakers
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Alexis Almeida

Alexis Almeida lives in Providence and teaches in Bard College's Language and Thinking Program. Her long poem, I Have Never Been Able to Sing, forthcoming from Ugly Ducking Presse, and her translation of Roberta Iannamico's Wreckage is just out from Toad Press.
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Mary-Kim Arnold

Visiting Lecturer, Brown University
Mary-Kim Arnold’s Litany for the Long Moment (Essay Press, 2018), an experimental memoir about her adoption from Korea at the age of two, has been honored by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, featured in NPR’s Code Switch 2018 Book Guide, and named by Entropy... Read More →
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Julie Carr

Julie Carr is an associate professor at the University of Colorado. With Tim Roberts, she co-edits Counterpath Press. Objects from a Borrowed Confession is just out from Ahsahta, and Real Life: An Installation is forthcoming from Omnidawn.
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Carolina Ebeid

University of Denver
Carolina Ebeid is a PhD candidate in the University of Denver's creative writing program, where she serves as Associate Editor of the Denver Quarterly. She has won fellowships from CantoMundo, the Stadler Center for Poetry, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her first book... Read More →
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Aditi Machado

Aditi Machado is an Indian poet, translator, and editor of translation. Her books are Some Beheadings (Nightboat, 2017) and a translation, from the French, of Farid Tali’s Prosopopoeia (Action, 2016).  She is the poetry editor for a journal of translation called Asymptote and the... Read More →


Sunday October 7, 2018 9:00am - 10:25am EDT
131 DeBartolo Hall