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 “A meeting place”: A Poetics of Ethical Exchange in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen

A Lecture by WU Alum Faith Avery
Wednesday, October 10, 7:30-8:30 pm

Eaton 209

This talk will consider Claudia Rankine’s award-winning poetry book Citizen: An American Lyric (2014) as a piece of documentary poetics, focusing on a section in which Rankine narrates an internationally televised moment of racial tension during the 2006 World Cup via a series of excerpts from canonical literary texts. Rankine’s poetics position Citizen within an African American literary legacy that challenges violently enforced systemic oppression by looking to art, literature, and literacy as a means of articulating anger and resistance. This talk will also consider how, even as Citizen participates in ongoing academic debates regarding the responsibilities of literature in social and political change, it also circulates widely as a site of convergence beyond academia, and alongside contemporary social movements.
Fall 2018 Hallie Ford Literary Series


Asali Solomon
Wednesday, October 3, 7:30 p.m. Hatfield Room, Hatfield Library
Asali Solomon is the author of the novel Disgruntled and the story collection Get Down, which was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction and received a Rona Jaffee Foundation Writers Award. In 2007, she was named one of the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35. Solomon teaches English literature and creative writing at Haverford College.
Gary Soto
Wednesday, October 24, 7:30 p.m.  Hatfield Room, Hatfield Library
Gary Soto is a celebrated poet, essayist, memoirist, and children's author best known for his reflections on the Chicano experience. The author of more than twenty books, his most recent titles are the poetry collection You Kiss by Th' Book: New Poems from Shakespear's Line and the essay collection Why I Don't Write Children's Literature. His New and Selected Poems was a finalist for the National Book Award.
Jasmin Darznik
Thursday, November 8, 7:30 p.m. Hatfield Room, Hatfield Library
Iranian-American memoirist and novelist Jasmin Darznik is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life. Her debut novel, Song of a Captive Bird, is a fictional account of Iran's trailblazing woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College and a PH.D. in English literature from Princeton, and she teaches at California College of the Arts.

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