Sat 20 Jun | 5-6pm | £5 | Kendal Suite
“Under certain circumstances failing, losing, forgetting, unmaking, undoing, unbecoming, not knowing may in fact offer more creative, more cooperative, more surprising ways of being in the world. Failing is something that queers do and have always done exceptionally well.” – Jack Halberstam
In The Queer Art of Failure (Duke University Press, 2011), Jack Halberstam argues that since success is always measured by patriarchal and heterosexual standards, the failure to live up to such norms can offer a new freedoms and possibilities. Drawing from queer theory, Mary Jean Chan will consider how we might reimagine the concept of “success” and “failure” with specific reference to queer poetry and poetics. The poetic potentialities of failure will be illustrated throughout the talk with work by Adrienne Rich and other queer poets, including new work by Mary Jean.
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