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How to Do Things with Illness

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
4:00 pm
FIMS and Nursing Building (FNB)
Room: 4130

Presented by Professor Lana Lin, School of Media Studies, The New School.

Professor Lin will discuss her recent book, Freud's Jaw and Other Lost Objects, which examines the vulnerability of the human body and asks how human beings contend with loss. Employing psychoanalytic theory and literary analysis, Lin examines three exemplary figures: psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, poet Audre Lord, and literary and queer theorist Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. All three of these figures learned how to do things with illness and dying; that is, how to not only be the passive recipients of a deadly diagnosis, but how to be the performative agents of their own mortality. Lin will also present an excerpt of her film-in-progress, which takes Lorde's seminal memoir/manifesto, The Cancer Journals, as a point of departure for the ways the creative process is a life-sustaining response to the destructive process of life itself.

Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Becky Blue

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