PRODUCED BY LOVE: REPRODUCTION IN FEMINIST POETICS
At this event, Amy De’Ath and Nisha Ramayya will discuss their current research, sharing a combination of critical writing and poetry. They will consider the overlaps in their work via the concept of reproduction in feminist poetics.
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About the event
Ramayya will read from her forthcoming poetry collection States of the Body Produced by Love and draw out some of her concerns regarding feminist poetics and anti-racist, anti-imperialist, and anti-national politics in British, Indian, and British-Indian contexts. What forms of relation are reproduced within structures of love and violence?: the nationalistic love that sanctions violence against those who do not fit the nation’s image of itself; the familial love that does not admit the selfishness of family values; the romantic love that entails the loss of self and the dissolution of self-containment. What forms of relation do shame, fury, and destruction make possible, and, correspondingly, make possible for love?
De’Ath will discuss how reproduction appears in what she has called 'unsociable poetry': a term that describes the forms of antagonism and abstraction that recur in writing by feminized poets in recent decades, and that give much of this work its resistant difficulty, its power of critique, its inappropriateness and unevenness. De'Ath will suggest how a Marxist-feminist methodology for reading poetry can help us to understand the apparently isolated moments of an integrated totality, one in which gendered and racialized experiences of precarity are disconnected, in feeling and in thought, from the economic relations out of which they emerge. She will finish with a short reading.
About the speakers
Amy De’A'th is a Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Culture at King’s College London. She has written a number of articles on contemporary poetry, gender, and Marxian theory, and is working on a book, Unsociable Poetry: Antagonism and Abstraction in Contemporary Feminized Poetics. With Fred Wah, she is the editor of a poetics anthology, Toward. Some. Air. (Banff Centre Press, 2015). Her most recent poetry publication is ON MY LOVE FOR gender abolition (NY: Capricious, 2016).
Nisha Ramayya is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London. Recent publications include: poetry pamphlets Notes on Sanskrit (2015) and Correspondences (2016), both published by Oystercatcher Press; Threads (2018), a critical-creative pamphlet co-authored with Sandeep Parmar and Bhanu Kapil, published by clinic; and ‘Secreting Blackness in the Poetry of D. S. Marriott’ (2018) in the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. She is a member of the Race & Poetry & Poetics in the UK research group and the interdisciplinary practice-as-research group Generative Constraints.
S A L O N - LONDON is a real and virtual site for responding to the present through experimental women's writing. The project was founded and is directed by Georgina Colby and Susan Rudy and hosted by the Institute of Modern and Contemporary Culture at the University of Westminster, and the Centre for Poetry at Queen Mary University of London.