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Thursday, October 19 • 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Deconstructing Race, Deconstructing Identity

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Deconstructing Race, Deconstructing Identity

How do writers populate a world of their creation with racially marked bodies in a way that thoughtfully and meaningfully engages with the very question of how racial identities are constructed? The writers on this panel have all considered this question, and in addressing “the relationship among aesthetics, politics, and representation” in literature, we offer rigorous creative experimentations that challenge, critique, and embody racial discourse.

These panelists have modeled their work on the fictions of acclaimed writers like George Schuyler, Toni Morrison, Bernardine Evaristo, Jess Row, and A. Igoni Barrett. Rather than limiting ourselves to the question of who gets to write what, the writers on this panel ask the following questions: What is race? How does it operate? What can imaginative literary texts reveal about our shifting notions of race, over time and space, and through narrative?

To support this inquiry—and in conversation with scholar-critics like Frantz Fanon, Toni Morrison, Omi and Winant, and Patricia Hill Collins—the panelists use deconstructive modes for identifying and practicing narrative strategies and craft techniques that grapple with constructions of race, ethnicity, and intersectional identities.

We hope that by sharing and discussing our creative and critical experimentations, we can foment a discussion that engages with the ways that history, genre, textual and creative practices, and representation may inform how we engage with racial identity in creative writing.


Moderators
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Julie Iromuanya

Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
JULIE IROMUANYA is the author of Mr. and Mrs. Doctor (Coffee House Press), a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the Etisalat Prize for Literature, and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for Debut Fiction. Her scholarly-critical work is forthcoming in Meridians, Callaloo, and Afropolitan Literature as World Literature. She was the inaugural Herbert W. Martin Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Dayton. She has also been a Jane Tinkham Broughton Fellow in Fiction at Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference, a Bread Loaf Bakeless / Camargo France Fellow, a Brown Foundation Fellow at the Dora Maar House, and a Jan Michalski Fellow at... Read More →

Speakers
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Danielle Geller

MIT Libraries
avatar for Julie Iromuanya

Julie Iromuanya

Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
JULIE IROMUANYA is the author of Mr. and Mrs. Doctor (Coffee House Press), a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the Etisalat Prize for Literature, and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for Debut Fiction. Her scholarly-critical work is forthcoming in Meridians, Callaloo, and Afropolitan Literature as World Literature. She was the inaugural Herbert W. Martin Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Dayton. She has also been a Jane Tinkham Broughton Fellow in Fiction at Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference, a Bread Loaf Bakeless / Camargo France Fellow, a Brown Foundation Fellow at the Dora Maar House, and a Jan Michalski Fellow at... Read More →


Thursday October 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Poetry Center Library

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