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Curumin: Bíos and Thanatos in Brazilian contemporary movies
Biopics have found a promising market in Brazil. In the last twenty years, approximately fifty long feature movies were biographies of singers, actors, politicians, athletes, and musicians. The majority of the productions ...
Disruption: Maya Angelou and the Singing Body
This presentation will provide of brief overview of the singing body in Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas (1976), and All God’s Children Need ...
Creating Disabled Birth, Curing Capitalism: Reading Ina Mae Gaskin’s Spiritual Midwifery as Memoir-Meets-Manual
In the 1970’s, the contemporary home birth movement began to take hold in the United States through a back-to-the-land counter culture movement and the feminist health movement, perhaps most inspired by the work of Ina Mae ...
“Don’t Freaking Act Here! This is Reality!”: Reality Web Series Ultra Rich Asian Girls as Digital Autoethnography
Kevin Li’s reality YouTube series Ultra Rich Asian Girls, featuring a cast of extraordinarily wealthy young Chinese Canadian women in Vancouver, British Columbia, has garnered controversy from its inception in 2014. The ...
William Aldridge’s and Samuel Whitchurch’s Competing Versions of John Marrant’s Life Story
In this presentation, I maintain that book history offers important ways to trace the packaging, circulation, and consumption of early black Atlantic texts and lives. To begin a more comprehensive interdisciplinary initiative ...
Artwork by Martha Newbigging
Martha Newbigging, looking for queerness mixed media on paper, 16x24 inches, 2017 website: www.marthanewbigging.com looking for queerness This work investigates how drawing autobiographical comics might enable me to ...
Poetry in Life Writing: The All We Can Know
“To write poetry after Auschwitz is all we can know.” -Marlene Kadar Marlene Kadar’s “Barbaric Poem” begins with a declaration from German philosopher and composer Theodore Adorno: “To write poetry after Auschwitz is ...
Unmake Happy: Bo Burnham’s Madly Deviant DIY Identity Play
This paper explores DIY comedian Bo Burnham’s playfully depressed comedy as a multimodal form of Mad life writing, one that articulates a resistant mode of living under and against sanist neoliberal narratives of ...
Can I Be a Witness? Reflections on Witnessing and Ethics from a Stó:lō Text
In Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives, Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson note that “acts of witnessing propel a variety of life narratives” (286). While we find acts of witnessing propelling a ...