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Michael Davidson on “Performing Disability: Poetics and the Defamiliar Body”

November 18, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

“This talk will focus on the poetics of disability in the work of Larry Eigner, Amanda Baggs, Clayton Valli, and the Flying Words Project. Their work offers an important corrective to two major if antithetical models of performance, one based on identity as embodied and one based on identity as performed. The work of disabled and deaf poets and performance artists offers a third alternative by defamiliarizing the normative body of 1960s and 1970s performance poetry while testifying to the lived experience of those who  “perform disability” on a daily basis.” 

Michael Davidson is professor of literature at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The San Francisco Renaissance: Poetics and Community at Mid-Century (Cambridge U Press, 1989), Ghostlier Demarcations: Modern Poetery and the Material Word (U of California Press, 1997), and Guys Like Us: Citing Masculinity in Cold War Poetics (U of Chicago, 2003). He is the editor of The New Collected Poems of George Oppen (New Directions, 2002). He is the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent of which is The Arcades (O Books, 1998). With Lyn Hejinian, Barrett Watten, and Ron Silliman, he is the co-author of Leningrad (Mercury House Press, 1991). He has written extensively on disability issues, most recently “Hearing Things: The Scandal of Speech in Deaf Performance,” in Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities, Ed. Sharon Snyder, et al (Modern Language Association, 2002), “Phantom Limbs: Film Noir and the Disabled Body,” GLQ 9:1-2 (2003), and “Strange Blood: Hemophobia and the Unexplored Boundaries of Queer Nation,” in Beyond the Boundary: Reconstructing Cultural Identity in a Multicultural Context, Ed. Timothy Powell (Rutgers U Press, 1999).


(In Bâtiment Olympe de Gouges, salle 340)



November 18, 2013
6:00 pm
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Abigail Lang


Université Paris-Diderot
rue Albert Einstein, site des Grands Moulins, 75013
Paris, 75013
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