Conference at UNC-Chapel Hill: “The Pre/Post Enlightenment Visuality of Djuna Barnes’s NIGHTWOOD (1936)” on March 22

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Wednesday March 22, 4:30-6:00 PM
Bingham 103, UNC-Chapel Hill

Erin G. Carlston, English, UNC-Chapel Hill: “The Beast Turning Human, or Sleeping with Wolves.”

María DeGuzmán, English and Latina/o Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill: “The Pre/Post Enlightenment Visuality of Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood.”

Carisa Showden, Political Science, UNC-Greensboro: “Alibi: Voices from Elsewhere.”

Patricia Juliana Smith, English, Hofstra University: “‘Any Permanent Mistake Like Me': The Queerness of Catholicism in Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood.”

Respondent: Dr. Karen Jacobs, English, University of Colorado
(Boulder): “Nightwood’s Photographic Imaginary.”

Papers by Professors DeGuzmán, Smith and Carlston (presented in collaboration with Dr. Showden) will be interspliced with a collectively produced visual project rendering significant scenes of Djuna Barnes’s classic 1936 lesbian novel Nightwood into condensed narrative photo-sequences; Dr. Jacobs’s response seeks to place the entire project within a history of queer visual representation. This project bridges past and present; text and visual image; various kinds of visual art forms (drawing, painting, and photography); and analysis and enactment/performance.

All members of the academic and artistic community are invited to enjoy, experience and reflect on queer literature and art with us. Sponsored by the Provost’s Advisory Board for LGBTQ Life & Study at Carolina and the Program in Sexuality Studies; the Department of English; and Women’s Studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

More information about “Camera Query” here.

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