Committed to the End: On Care Work and Rereading

OCT 09, 2020 | 4:00 PM

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WHERE:

The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue

WHEN:

October 09, 2020: 4:00 PM

ADMISSION:

Free

Description

In this talk Elizabeth Freeman (UC Davis) considers the formal symmetries between rereading--not rereading for depth, but the absent-minded or super-absorbed but paralyzed rereading of the same passage or book--and the unremunerated work of family caretaking.  In a talk interwoven with personal narrative, she centers on the interiorizing, privatizing sentimental mode to consider the 1994 middlebrow best-seller about cancer, One True Thing by Anna Quindlen, and then move out to more experimental fiction to consider the role of rereading and the formation of larger communities in Susan Sontag's 1986 short story about AIDS, "The Way We Live Now."  
 
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