Literature Program
 


Thursday, April 26, 2007

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
Buffalo State College's, University at Buffalo's Humanities Institute, Just Buffalo Literary Center, Aroma Group and Hallwalls

TALKING LEAVES 32ND ANNIVERSARY - Flesh for Reading: Readings by R. Danielle Egan, Derek Sayer,Graeme Gilloch, & Kathleen Stewart

Presented at:
Hallwalls

R. Danielle Egan is an Associate Professor of Gender Studies at St. Lawrence University. She is the author of Dancing for Dollars and Paying for Love (Palgrave MacMillan) and the co-editor (with Katherine Frank & Merri Lisa Johnson) of Flesh for Fantasy: Producing and Consuming Exotic Dance (Thunder's Mouth Press). She has also published on post-9/11 rhetoric and popular culture. She is currently working on her new book with Gail Hawkes tentatively entitled Knowing Innocence: Constructing Childhood Sexuality in the 19th and 20th Century (Palgrave Macmillan).

Dancing for Dollars and Paying for Love explores the relationships between exotic dancers and their regular customers. Mapping the intersection of power, desire, and the erotic, Egan examines how dancers and regulars negotiate the fuzzy line between capitalism and connection under the black lights of two New England clubs.

Derek Sayer of Lancaster University, England, is the author of The Great Arch (with Philip Corrigan, 1985), Capitalism and Modernity (1991), and The Coasts of Bohemia (1998). His latest book is Going Down for Air: a Memoir in Search of a Subject.

What is hidden in the taste of a petite madeleine? Or in snatches of Bob Dylan songs, operatic arias, and the remembered sting of a rattan cane? An exploration of memory, Going Down for Air artfully combines two very different yet connected texts. This memoir is richly evocative not only of times past (or lost), but also of a very English, imperial, queerly masculine subjectivity, caught on the cusp of the extinction of the world in, and him who, and of which it made sense. Sayer's allusive writing succeeds as few have done before in capturing the leaps and bounds of memory itself. Rich in its detail, unstinting in its honesty, this beautifully written memoir is a considerable literary achievement. The memoir is complemented by Sayer's provocative theoretical essay on memory and social identity. Drawing on linguistic and psychoanalytic theory, photographic images, and literary texts, In Search of a Subject argues that it is memory above all that maintains the imagined identities upon which society rests.

Graeme Gilloch is a Reader in Sociology at Lancaster University. He has written two books (Myth and Metropolis 1996 and Critical Constellations 2002) and numerous articles on Walter Benjamin. A former Humboldt Fellow at the University of Frankfurt, he is currently writing an intellectual biography of Siegfried Kracauer.

Kathleen Stewart is an anthropologist who teaches at the University of Texas, Austin, and Director of the Center for Culture Studies there. She has written on cultural poetics and politics in the U.S. encompassing such far-flung sites as West Virginia coal camps and Las Vegas. She will be reading from A Space on the Side of the Road: Cultural Poetics in an "Other" America (Princeton), which was honored with both the Chicago Folklore Prize and the Victor Turner Award, and from her forthcoming book, Ordinary Affects (Duke, 2007).


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Laylah Ali's work explores power dynamics and interpersonal conflict through compositions that position culturally, racially and sexually ambiguous figures in precarious, loaded, and unexpectedly humorous situations. Ali uses concise—even minimal—imagery that is specific in rendering and intent. While there are narratives in Ali's work, they are stories whose open spaces often give them the atmosphere of fables.