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Transpacific Mixed-Race Literatures: A Reading and Dialogue

Sawyer Seminar IX

How do Transpacific mixed-race authors inscribe and represent their heritage in their artistic representations? Are there common tropes or literary forms that inform these novels?  What type of analysis might emerge from putting writers in dialogue with critical theorists?

SESSION 1 -- 10:00 AM

Brian Castro

Australian novelist of Chinese, Portuguese, and English descent; author of 12 novels including award-winning novels Birds of Passage (1982 Vogel Literary Award), Double-Wolf (1991 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction), Stepper (1997 National Book Council Prize), Shanghai Dancing(2004 Victoria and New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards), and The Garden Books (2005 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award); University of Adelaide, Professor and Chair of Creative Writing.

Marilyne Brun

Université de Lorraine, Lecturer; author of  “Literary Doubles and Colonial Subjectivity: Brian Castro’s The Garden Book,” The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies (2012), “Racial Ambiguity and Whiteness in Brian Castro’s Drift,” Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia (2011), and many other scholarly articles on the writings of Brian Castro.

LUNCH -- 11:30 AM

SESSION 2 -- 12:30 PM

Kien Nguyen

Novelist of Vietnamese and American heritage; author of 3 novels: The Unwanted: A Memoir of Childhood (2001), The Tapestries (2002), and Le Colonial (2004).

Isabelle Thuy Pelaud

San Francisco State University, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies; author of This is All I Choose to Tell: History and Hybridity in Vietnamese American Literature (Temple University Press, 2011).

SESSION 3 -- 2:00 PM

Paisley Rekdal

Writer of Chinese American and Norwegian heritage; author of four books of poetry, Crash of Rhinos (2000), Six Girls Without Pants (2002), The Invention of the Kaleidoscope (2007), and Animal Eye (2012), as well as a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee: Observations on Not Fitting In (2000). Her work has received a Village Voice Writers on the Verge Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and the University of Georgia Press’ Contemporary Poetry Series Award; University of Utah, Professor of English.

Viet Nguyen

USC, Associate Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity; author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (Oxford, 2002). 

Presented by the Center for Japanese Religions and Culture's "Critical Mixed-Race Studies: A Transpacific Approach" Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminars Series at the University of Southern California.