Dawn Lundy Martin: "The Value of Forgetting and the Architecture of Desire"
Introduced by Thomas Bartscherer and Annie Seaton
August 21, 2014
This speculative lecture in four acts investigates the relationship between “race” and innovative poetics or aesthetics. What, it asks, can a poetics that values/enacts fracture, fissure, and a complication of the lyric “I” contribute to a contemporary understanding of the experiences of raced bodies in the social sphere? Using artist Kara Walker’s controversial works, Claudia Rankine’s hybrid writings, and M. Nourbese Philip’s ZONG!, this talk problematizes the assumed neutrality of whiteness and foregrounds the potential power of fractured subjectivities. What does it mean to know our “selves”? Is there a way to take the remains of a fractured subjectivity—the post-traumatic body, black bodies unjustly beaten or killed by police, other disposable bodies—and build forward toward an imagined future? Co-sponsored by the Difference and Media Project.