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Imagining Differing Fictions and Other Bodied Beings - Dawn

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For our second meeting, we will read Dawn by Octavia Butler (focus on chapter 1-5, especially chapter 5):

(MOBI eBook)

The conversation will revolve around Dawn as it relates to Grosz's readings of Irigaray and Darwin, as a proposition for evolutionary chance into unforseen differentiation. From her book Becoming Undone we will read:

Elizabeth Grosz, Becoming Undone
Chapter 9: Sexual Difference as Sexual Selection: Irigarayan Reflections on Darwin

focussing on the following sections of the chapter:
pp. 143 - 151; pp. 157 - 168

Caitlin Berrigan and Alex Martinis Roe
Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 04:00
Archive Books , Dieffenbachstraße 31, 10967 more
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Thanks everyone for such a great class!

As requested, some information about the business of surrogacy in India (in particular, although it's not just in India):

And one of my favorites, Catherine Waldby:

And lastly, MEN, Credit Card Babie$:



I really enjoyed the conversation at the last class! Hope to see you all around!

Here are some links...

Series on the 'homosocial divide' through art -

And the FF - a feminist group of artist you all might be interested in:

And an additional resource to be considered!

From Hortense Spillers, "Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: An American Grammar Book" Diacritics (1987)

" contention that these social and cultural subjects make doubles, unstable in their respective identities, in effect transports us to a common historical ground, the socio-political order of the New World. That order, with its human sequence written in blood, represents for its African and indigenous peoples a scene of actual mutilation, dismemberment, and exile. First of all, their New-World, diasporic plight marked a theft of the body- a willful and violent (and unimaginable from this distance) severing of the captive body from its motive will, its active desire. Under these conditions, we lose at least gender difference in the outcome, and the female body and the male body become a territory of cultural and political maneuver, not at all gender-related, gender-specific. But this body, at least from the point of view of the captive community, focuses a private and particular space, at which point of convergence biological, sexual, social, cultural, linguistic, ritualistic, and psychological fortunes join. This profound intimacy of interlocking detail is disrupted, however, by externally imposed meanings and uses: 1) the captive body becomes the source of an irresistible, destructive sensuality; 2) at the same time- in stunning contradiction - the captive body reduces to a thing, becoming being for the captor; 3) in this absence from a subject position, the captured sexualities
provide a physical and biological expression of "otherness"; 4) as a category of "otherness," the captive body translates into a potential for pornotroping and embodies sheer physical powerlessness that slides into a more general "powerlessness,"  resonating through various centers of human and social meaning."

Some additional references and resources for today's discussion!

Priscilla Wald on Henrietta Lacks and Octavia Butler's Dawn:
"Cognitive estrangement, science fiction, and medical ethics"

Harriet Washington's book Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans From Colonial Times to the Present:

Brief visual explanation of the theory of punctuated equilibrium:

Brief visual explanation of the theory of 'Endosymbiosis' evolutionary theory:

Obituary for Lynne Margulis, scientist of 'Endosymbiosis' evolutionary theory:


In case anyone else had trouble accessing Dawn via aaaaarg, I found a PDF version here.


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