In this post: 1) emji spero reading heads-up (details TBA); 2) Links to Readings for Weds; 3) Link to the Writing Experiment due for class on Saturday
As usual for Monday mornings you’ll find links to the READINGS to be read FOR WEDS linked below as well as DIRECTIONS TO THE WRITING EXPERIMENT, also linked below.
Quick note: there IS class on Saturday. As I mentioned in class, please try to have a good bit of the writing done (and bring the writing with you) on Wednesday, particularly those of you who are going to the Procession. Even though we’ll still have class on Saturday I’ve excused the few folks who are going to the Procession. Again, please email me to remind me you are going–if you are one of the five folks who raised your hand when I surveyed the class. Otherwise, please make an effort to show up and participate in our Wednesday AND Saturday classes. As we begin to shift into a more “workshop” (language lab) mode and work more on our own writings, and as the readings and lectures drop away a little bit in favor of our own work, we’ll need every minute we’ve got. Not to mention how busy we all are and how busy the class schedule will become.
Without further ado…
WRITING EXPERIMENT (Due Saturday Week 4)
Note: BEFORE writing, please read the directions as well as the notes. Included as part of the this document there are important dictionary definitions of terms as well as tips that you’ll find very useful. Also note that there is a marker to indicate where the directions end and the tips/suggestions begin. This is because the directions, which I gave out at the end of class on Weds, are actually very few: THREE five-minute free-writes followed by THREE constraints to stick to while you are writing/performing your poem (one constraint is a process constraint and one is a performance/reading aloud constraint to consider before, during, and after writing).
LINKS TO READINGS DUE FOR THIS UPCOMING WEDS (next class):
1) kari edwards, excerpts from iduna, handout — not available online, thus handed out in class on Saturday (O Books, which used to have excerpts online)
2) Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, excerpt from Dictee — not available online, thus handed out in class on Saturday (the book is available at The Evergreen library, and is still in print for ordering from the University of California Press)
3) Judith Butler, Intro to Undoing Gender LINK IS HERE
4) Michel Foucault, “Docile Bodies,” from Discipline & Punish LINK IS HERE — (the whole book is available online from Scribd)
5) Susan Stryker, “My Words To Victor Frankenstein” LINK IS HERE
OPTIONAL RELATED READINGS / LINKS TO FURTHER RECOMMENDED READINGS (note that this list can go on for a LONG time, and does relative to the usual lists for this site. Feel free to suggest more or, as usual, to post them on our tumblr site (which is beautiful!–thanks Pearson!). For now, if none are familiar to you and you’d like to read further than the assigned, just pick one or two!)
a) Jennifer Gonzalez, “Envisioning Cyborg Bodies” LINK IS HERE
b) CAConrad “What’s A Queer Poem?” LINK IS HERE
c) Fred Moten, “A Manifesto For Discomfortable Writing” in Floor Journal LINK IS HERE (a tag takes you to other related writings!)
c) Bhanu Kapil, “Handwritten Preface To Reverse The Book,” LINK IS HERE
d) Edouard Glissant, “Distancing, Determining,” from Poetics of Relation LINK IS HERE
f) Coco Fusco & Paula Heredia “The Couple In The Cage” (article on the performance by artists Guillermo Gomez-Pena and Coco Fusco and its video installation, w/photos) LINK IS HERE & Excerpt of video of the performance (trailer for the video) LINK IS HERE
PRESS Series READING: emji spero LIVE — Mark it on your calendars!
–w/guest student reader TBA
–on Saturday, most likely at The Library Underground (details TBA)
–I’m very pleased to announce that after our next Saturday class emji spero will be coming to campus to read from their new book! Very excited. More details including a reminder will be posted later (the reading will likely be at 7, so we’ll have time for a break to get a bite to eat etc)