‘My mother,’ wrote Sontag, ‘improved her manners by losing her appetite’
‘Sick Sick Sick’ : The Books of Ornery Women | A reading project examining a radical or ‘bludgeoned’ subjectivity of female writers | Session Four, CCA, 24 April, 6.30pm
SESSION THREE | 6:30pm, CCA CLUBROOM, THU 27 MAR, 2014
Book: Katherine Angel, Unmastered: A Book On Desire, Most Difficult To Tell, published by Penguin Group, 2012
Essay: Anne Carson, The Gender of Sound, 1992
SESSION FOUR | 6:30pm, CCA CLUBROOM, THU 24 APR, 2014
Book: Beatriz Preciado, Testo Junkie, published by The Feminist Press, 2013
SESSION FIVE | 6:30pm, CCA CLUBROOM, THU 29 MAY, 2014
Reading to be announced
In November we began by reading Kate Zambreno's Heroines, 2012, alongside a screening of Věra Chytilová's New Wave film Daisies, 1966. In February we continued our reading with Chris Kraus' confessional reportage I Love Dick, 1997, a novel which exposes Kraus' desire-written and desire-unrequited pursuit of cultural theorist Dick Hebdige with her husband, Sylvère Lotringer, as an accomplice. Chris Kraus' Gravity & Grace, 1996, produced just one year earlier and the valediction of her career as an experimental filmmaker, is closely aligned to her early writing, always present but labelled as a failed endeavour.
In March, for the third session, we will discuss Katherine Angel's Unmastered: A Book On Desire, Most Difficult To Tell, 2012, and Anne Carson's essay The Gender of Sound, 1992. Both works map and unpick historical and cultural studies, both observe the semantics of the female voice and suggest that the words we choose shape the message we tell. The fourth session in April will lead us to Beatriz Preciado's Testo Junkie, 2013. May reading TBC.
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Initiated by Emma Balkind and Laura Edbrook in association with MAP
With thanks to Chris Kraus, The MIT Press, The Feminist Press and CCA, Glasgow for their support
Title quote: Katherine Angel, 2012, Unmastered: A Book On Desire, Most Difficult To Tell, p. 98