The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Author Talks: Spring 2020

AT Spring 2020 2 CMS

Stephanie Fetta, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Caroline Yang
Mar. 26, Mar. 31, Apr. 16

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Cameron Awkward-Rich

Thursday, Mar. 26
5-7 p.m.
Floor 26, Room 2601
W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Cameron Awkward-Rich is an assistant professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the author of two poetry collections – Sympathetic Little Monster (2016), which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and Dispatch (2019), winner of the 2019 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award. A Cave Canem fellow, his poetry has been published in Poetry, American Poetry Review, the Academy of American Poet's Poem A Day series, and elsewhere, and his critical writing can be found in Signs, Science Fiction Studies, American Quarterly, Transgender Studies Quarterly. 

 

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Stephanie Fetta

Tuesday, Mar. 31, 5-7 p.m.
Floor 26, Room 2601
W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Stephanie Fetta holds a Ph.D. from University of California, Irvine. She earned the annual MLA Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies from the Modern Language Association (MLA) in 2019 for her monograph, Shaming into Brown: Somatic Transactions of Race in Latina/o Literature (The Ohio State University Press, 2018), which uncovers a new analytical lens Dr. Fetta identifies as the soma, loosely defined as the gestural body. Portrayer of our momentary as well as deeper subjectivities, the soma is also a central actor in social relations and a primary communicator of our ideological investments. Professor Fetta argues the soma is a pivotal site for unraveling bodily social technologies we use to create and sustain social subjugation. Specifically, she argues our somas efficaciously shame one another into intersectionally racialized stratifications.

Professor Fetta is the editor of The Chicana/Latina Literary Prize: An Anthology of Prize-Winning Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, and is considered the foremost authority on the work the influential Chicano poet Andrés Montoya, winner of the Before Columbus American Book Award. She will co-edit a 2020 special edition of the Notre Dame Review on Montoya's legacy. Dr. Fetta has published with Routledge Press, Chicana/Latina Studies journal, and Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World among others.

 

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Caroline Yang

Thursday, Apr. 16
5-7 p.m.
Floor 26, Room 2601
W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Caroline H. Yang is an assistant professor of English at UMass. She is the author of The Peculiar Afterlife of Slavery: The Chinese Worker and the Minstrel Form, which examines the intersecting histories of blackface minstrelsy and representations of Chinese workers in U.S. literature during and after Reconstruction.