Tuesday, January 17, 2012

DIG Workshops for Winter 2012

DIG Dissertation/Writing Workshops

Every year, the Drama Interest Group hosts dissertation chapter writing workshops for graduate students. These involve short sessions where graduate students and faculty gather to discuss previously distributed chapters in an informal setting. Several graduate students have participated and have found the feedback helpful.

We will be continuing the practice this year and invite you all to participate:

February 7th, 4.30. Conference Room, 4420 MLB (near the elevators)

A Drama of the Southwest, an unpublished play by Harlem Renaissance luminary Jean Toomer, challenges the prevailing assumption that Toomer's work after Cane is derivative, didactic and disappointing. Come out and see a late Toomer whose work is still insightful, intriguing and beautiful!

The dissertation chapter under discussion entitles “Green World or None: Jean Toomer's Pastoral Vision for a Nuclear Age”.

Carolyn Dekker is a fifth-year in English Language and Literature at work on a dissertation called Nuclear Wishes. The piece we're workshopping is part of the larger chapter, "Green World or None: Jean Toomer's Pastoral Vision for a Nuclear Age."

February 15, 4.30pm. RLL Commons. 4th floor, MLB.

Sara Jackson will workshop sections from her dissertation chapter: "Feminist femmes fatales. Performing Judith and Salome." Responding to recent scholarship that has primarily assigned women a passive role in the production history of the femme fatale, this chapter investigates how fin-de-si├Ęcle actresses staged active interventions in the male fantasy, which appeared not only in aesthetic works, but also in scientific discourse. Critically reading stage performances of the iconic femmes fatales Judith and Salome alongside constructions of the deadly seductress in scientific texts, the chapter examines the ways in which actresses at the turn of the century enacted feminist challenges from within this culturally pervasive, and fundamentally misogynist male fantasy.

Sara Jackson is a doctoral candidate in German Studies. Her dissertation, Temptresses and Murderesses: Text, Body and Performance [working title], examines stage performances of deadly women in early 20th-century Germany, and interrogates the ways in which these performances contributed to a larger discourse complex surrounding the construction of normal and deviant femininity and female sexuality in the period. The dissertation contends that actresses were active participants in a matrix comprising artistic production, emerging scientific fields (criminology, sexology, psychology), and turn-of-the-century feminisms, which shared convergent and competing interests in the pervading socio-cultural concern with the so-called Frauenfrage [Woman Question]

Please confirm your participation to lunaser@gmail.com. so we send you the chapter under discussion for your previous reading. Please also contact us for any question or suggestion.

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