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Mar 13
16:00 - 17:15
'Between the underground and the office: printing labour and the problem of LGBTQ+ literary autonomy', Sam Solomon (University of Sussex)
English Research Seminar series

'Between the underground and the office: printing labour and the problem of LGBTQ+ literary autonomy', Sam Solomon (University of Sussex)

This talk asks how LGBTQ+ people and other feminists navigated late twentieth-century changes in print technology from roughly 1965 to 1990, a period in which typesetting was first computerized and then all but abandoned as part of the preprint process. I look in particular at the writings of Marxist-feminist poet Karen Brodine, who was employed as a typesetter, but I also consider the development of autonomous feminist typesetting collectives in the same period. Rather than claiming to "queer" these texts or this history, I argue that the growth of feminized literary labor has been central to the production of queer literature.Samuel Solomon is Senior Lecturer in English and Co-director of the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence at the University of Sussex. He is the author of the book of poems Special Subcommittee (Commune Editions, 2017) and the monograph Lyric Pedagogy and Marxist-Feminism: Social Reproduction and the Institutions of Poetry (Bloomsbury, 2019), and he is co-translator from the Yiddish of The Acrobat: Selected Poems of Celia Dropkin (2014). He is a founding member of the Race and Poetry and Poetics in the UK research group (www.rapapuk.com) and co-organizes the annual Sussex Poetry Festival.

The talk will be followed by drinks in the School of English Common Room, Rutherford Extension. All are warmly welcome, especially postgraduate students.

Location

DLT3,
Darwin College,
University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent,
CT2 7NY
United Kingdom
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E: M.Whittle@kent.ac.uk
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