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Featured Events

Spring Seminars with Jerome McGann
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"Composition as Explanation of Moby-Dick"
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
306 Wheeler

"Reflections on Textual and Documentary Media in a Romantic and Post-Romantic Horizon"
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
306 Wheeler

Jerome McGann, John Stewart Bryan Professor at the University of Virginia and currently visiting professor of English here at Berkeley, will be presenting two seminars in the English Department next month, which are open to interested faculty and students.

The seminars will be based on pre-circulated papers. Please refer to the English Department email announcements for download links, or email Rose Nguyen at rosenguyen@berkeley.edu for PDFs.

A France Berkeley Fund Event
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Monday, March 2, 2015 - Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Monday, 3/2 • 300 Wheeler Hall
9:00am - 3:30pm
Tuesday, 3/3 • 370 Dwinelle Hall
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Keynote Address by Jean-Pierre Montier on Tuesday, March 3 at 4pm: “Henri Cartier-Bresson and Surrealism”
Reception to follow.
Download a full copy of the program here.

"Treacherous Passages: Alternative Social Formations in Queer Asian North American Fiction"
A Talk by Stephen Hong Sohn
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Friday, March 6
Wheeler 300

Stephen Hong Sohn is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. His first book, Racial Asymmetries (New York University Press, 2014), focuses on contemporary Asian American fictional production, social context methodology, and aesthetic practices. A second book is currently in progress, exploring gender and sexuality in Asian American cultural production.

This talk provides a general introduction and overview of fictions penned by openly queer Asian North American writers in the context of alternative social formations. Such fictions obsessively return to the motif of the queer Asian North American protagonist’s endangered developmental narrative: that is, a period in the protagonist’s youth, one riddled with trauma suffering, is the staging ground for much of the novel. These cultural productions thus necessitate a critical inquiry concerning the proto/queer Asian North American youth and the tools these figures employ to enact their never assumed survival to adulthood. As the proto/queer Asian North American youth matures, these fictions prescribe a reframing of the family, enacting what I call a “stranger kinship” as a mode by which to contextualize a life made unstable by the ominous shadow of physical violence and social death.

Sponsored by the Transnational and Ethnic American Studies Working Group and the UC Berkeley Americanist Colloquium


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