Room 101, Washington Convention Center, Level One
Friday, February 10, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
With Joanna Eleftheriou, Brit Bennett, Natalie Bakopoulos, Kimberly Meyer, and Beth Peterson:
Panel description (from AWP): In the age of the 30-second news clip, too often places of crisis beyond our borders become oversimplified and stereotyped. In this roundtable panel, four writers practicing in a variety of genres and writing about diverse hot spots—Norway’s collapsing glaciers, bankrupt Greece, the Sinai Desert with ISIS in the north, the US with its racial injustice—will examine ways to harness the energy bred by news clips while navigating the preconceptions readers bring to our work.
"Blurred Boundaries: Narration, Knowledge, and Other Selves." Wayne State University Humanities Center Brown Bag Lecture Series
Wayne State Humanities Center, Faculty/Administration Building 2339, February 2, 2016, at 12:30 p.m.
We have a cultural fixation with borders and boundaries: their crossings, their rigidity, and where they blur. How does this recent capturing of our cultural imagination manifest itself in contemporary literature, both in content and form? How do authors negotiate the boundary between the self who writes and the self who appears on the page? This talk will explore these questions, focusing primarily on the work of the Italian novelist Elena Ferrante; examine literature whose form blurs boundaries, particularly the recently popularized phenomenon of autofiction; and discuss ways in which the concept of boundaries appears in the novelist’s own creative work, particularly her novel-in-progress, which is set in Athens, Greece.
Natalie Bakopoulos, Lan Samantha Chang, Steven Schwartz, and Peter Turchi
Panel description, via AWP: "Every story, novel, and poem strikes a balance not just between what's included and what's omitted, but between what is known—by the characters, by the narrator, and by the writer—and what is unknown, even unknowable. Effective choices regarding inclusion and presentation can create productive tension and realistic complexity; less effective ones can result in vagueness, obscurity, and unhelpful opacity. This panel will discuss examples from longer and shorter works."
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