Please Join the Affect and the Emotions Workshop
Monday, May 22nd, inCobb 304, from4:30-6:00pm CT
“Viral Gestures, or How to Use Your Body at the End of the World”
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Monday, April 15th, in Cobb 304, from 4:30-6:00pm CT
“The Horrific Body in Sophocles”
Monday, April 17th, in SSRB 401, from 4:30-6:00pm CT
“On Harmony: The Return of the Little Prince, or ‘What is it that can unite us?’”
Discussant: Rosanna Warren, Hanna Holborn Gray Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago
The Affect and the Emotions Workshop and
the 20th & 21st Century Cultures Workshop are pleased to welcome:
PhD Candidate, Department of English Language and Literature
“Living with Difference: Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends and Raven Leilani’s Luster”
Monday, February 27th from 5:00-6:30 pm
with respondent Lauren Jackson, Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern University
This chapter examines two fictional worlds constructed largely through female protagonists’ microsocial observations of difference. Sally Rooney’sConversations with Friends(2017) and Raven Leilani’s Luster(2020) center on the perceptions of women in their early 20s whose marginalized position enables them to see the confrontation, and contradictions, of everyday life and large-scale categories of race, gender, age, and class. I argue that Rooney and Leilani foreground both scales, and, in toggling between them, reveal points of mismatch. This non-equivalence indexes a broader crisis of making connections in the millennial novel. Citing the respective social and political consequences of this crisis in the works themselves, the chapter considers the use of super-subtle readings within neoliberalism’s political extrovertedness, an ethos marked by subjects’ far-reaching forthrightness around injustice and identity. Ultimately, I suggest that the affordances of the two novels is the aesthetic value they assign to characters’ hesitation to generalize about others and a formal design that leaves room for alterity within the diegesis.
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Image: Lizzy Lunday, From the Clouds(2022)
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Monday, February 20th, on Zoom, 4:30-6:00pm CT
“The Passion According to La China Poblana: Martyrdom and Distress in Catarina de San Juan’s Vida (1689-1692) by Alonso Ramos”
Discussant: J. Michelle Molina, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Northwestern University
Description: This paper examines distressful martyrdoms in the three-volume hagiography of Catarina de San Juan (ca.1607-1688) who, born to the royal family of the Mughal Empire, disembarked in New Spain via the Manila Galleon as a domestic slave, before dying a venerated mystic in Puebla de los Ángeles. Catarina, popularly known as la china poblana, has long been an object of curiosity for scholars of Colonial Latin American studies and has been established as an emblem for the multicultural, multiracial baroque society of New Spain. This paper, however, reads her as a body in distress that was afflicted with two opposing sides of violence: the persecution of Jesuit missionaries in her visions, and the martyrizing violence with which her sexualized and racialized body suffered in her pilgrimage to the Americas. Contrary to the European /Novohispanic martyrs globally celebrated for their glorious sacrifice for faith in the “Far East”, Catarina’s “martyrdoms” shed light on the ways in which the gruesome sufferings of the other ethnicity and the other sex had been reappropriated for the writing of an early modern trans-Pacific account of felicitous encounters and salvation.