"Acts of angry writing: ethics, subjectivity and agency"

Thursday, 9 May 2013 (All day)
The University of Naples

Alessandra Marino gives a public lecture on "Acts of angry writing: ethics, subjectivity and agency" at the University of Naples.

Mahasweta Devi and Arundhati Roy’s portrayals of their writing process in relation to adivasi struggles in Purulia and in the Narmada Valley expose anger as a foundational condition for writing for social justice and a vehicle for transmitting an affective force creating resistance. This paper looks at anger in relation to subjectivity and writing in contexts of activism. Referring to the seminal work of Audre Lorde and Hélène Cixous, I ask how acts of angry writing reveal the limits of the author as a sovereign subject and shed light on other ways of being political. In this context - I argue - the agency of the postcolonial organic intellectual (based on identity and sovereignty as accountable reason) is challenged by the impossibility of the subject to give an account of herself.

Also that morning, Alessandra will lead a PhD seminar on "the materiality of writing and language", with a particular focus on Speech Act Theory. The texts that will be analysed include essays from Eve Sedgwick, Judith Butler and Shoshana Felman's works.

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Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism is funded by an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour ERC-AG-SH2).

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