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Saturday, September 28 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Off the Rails: Against Capitalist Realism: Women Writers and Radical Innovation Now

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Is the new, as the avant-garde has assumed for well over a hundred years now, the one resource that is endlessly renewable?  The dominant mode of aesthetic production in the age of a triumphant global capitalism appears to be capitalist realism, which affirms, even when it seems to run counter to classic realism, the inescapability of the now, of the contemporary flow of information-commodities.  But what strategies in writing and representation might derail such capitalist realism now?  This panel will pose this question with regards to women writers who are working both in, outside, and sometimes even against the context of contemporary avant-gardes.   Of particular significance for our investigation will be Jacques Rancière’s assertion that in the aesthetic regime—which for Rancière determines the entirety of modernity and is coterminous with the various avant-gardes—radical aesthetics has tried to resist and refuse the commodity world in which the art object becomes simply another object for sale.  Rancière asserts that innovative work has oscillated between utter refusal of that world, manifested as silence on the one hand, and acceptance and integration into the commodity world on the other.  

One the one side, there is the great schizophrenic explosion, where the sentence sinks into the scream and meaning into the rhythm of bodily states.  On the other, there is the great community identified with the juxtaposition of commodities and their doubles, or with the hackneyed character of empty words, or with the intoxication of manipulated intensities, of bodies marching in time.  Schizophrenia or consensus.  (Jacques Rancière, The Future of the Image, translated by Gregory Elliott (London: Verso, 2007)

Are those our only options?  The participants on this panel will ask, in very different ways, whether such oscillation determines the field of what is possible for women writers.  Join us to go all the way--not only off the road, but off the rails.


Michael du Plessis

Michael du Plessis teaches Comparative Literature at USC and is the author of Songs Dead Soldiers Sing (Transparent Tiger, 2007) and The Memoirs of JonBenet by Kathy Acker (Les Figues, 2012), as well as essays and reviews on topics such as Goth culture, French literature... Read More →

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Jennifer Calkins

Jennifer Calkins, Ph. D., M.F. A. is a writer, evolutionary biologist and all around interdisciplinarian.  She is the author of A Story of Witchery (Les Figues Press, 2006) and Devil Card (Beard of Bees Press, 2004). Jennifer’s recent work can be found in Dirty (Jaded Ibis... Read More →

Teresa Carmody

Who has not asked himself at some time or other: am I a monster or is this what it means to be a person?

Lily Hoang

Lily Hoang is the author of five books, including A Bestiary (PEN USA Award Finalist and winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Nonfiction Contest) and Changing (recipient of a PEN Open Books Award). She teaches in the MFA program at UC San Diego.

Frances Richard

Frances Richard is the author of Anarch. (Futurepoem, 2013), The Phonemes (Les Figues Press, 2012), and See Through (Four Way Books, 2003), as well as the chapbooks Shaved Code (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2008) and Anarch. (Woodland Editions, 2008). The Anarch. Film ... Read More →

Saturday September 28, 2013 4:00pm - 6:00pm MDT
UMC Gallery University Memorial Center, 1669 Euclid Avenue (corner Broadway & Euclid Ave)

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