Literature Program

Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.


UB Poetics Program presents

Wayne Koestenbaum

The Anatomy of Harpo Marx

The Anatomy of Harpo The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, which explores the film performances of the silent Marx brother, investigates a variety of psychological and conceptual categories, including muteness, brotherliness, Jewishness, obscenity, anality, orality, recognition, humiliation, shock, mesmerization, torpor, misbehavior, and sleep. The Anatomy of Harpo Marx demonstrates how to study a star, how to isolate an image, and how to investigate desire. Through infatuated exegesis, Koestenbaum performs an act of compulsive speech at odds with Harpo's muteness, and demonstrates one method of decoding a specific male body (Harpo's), wedged into an uncomfortable history.

Wayne Koestenbaum has published five books of poetry including Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films, Model Homes, and Rhapsodies of a Repeat Offender. He is also the author of a novel, Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes, and five books of nonfiction: Andy Warhol, Cleavage, Jackie Under My Skin, The Queen's Throat (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist), and Double Talk. His most recent book, Hotel Theory, is a hybrid of fiction and nonfiction. In Spring 2011, Picador will publish his next book, Humiliation. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center, and also a Visiting Professor in the painting department of the Yale School of Art.

Some publications related to this event:
April and May, 2011 - 2011