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Comparative Literature Lecture Series 2019-20: Respite: 12 Anthropocene Fragments

Lynne Huffer, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University

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This talk draws on work in the environmental humanities to rewrite the Anthropocene as autotheory. Written in a poetic-philosophical mode, “Respite” brings together 12 fragments as autotheoretical forms—autocollage, autothermograph, nested equation, and 9 others—for a self confronted with the unthinkable extinction of all life on earth. Grounded in human and natural archives, “Respite” is framed by Sylvia Wynter’s and Michel Foucault’s theoretical critiques of anthropos (Man). In casting self-writing as an experiment, “Respite” offers a new ethical model for being present to life in its ending.

Lynne Huffer is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. She is the author of Foucault’s Strange Eros (forthcoming 2020); Are the Lips a Grave?: A Queer Feminist on the Ethics of Sex (2013); Mad for Foucault: Rethinking the Foundations of Queer Theory (2010); Maternal Pasts, Feminist Futures: Nostalgia, Ethics, and the Question of Difference (1998); and Another Colette: The Question of Gendered Writing (1992). She has published academic articles on feminist theory, queer theory, Foucault, ethics, and the Anthropocene, as well as personal essays, creative nonfiction, and opinion pieces in mass media venues. With Chicago artist Jennifer Yorke she also created Wading Pool, a collaborative artists book http://www.vampandtramp.com/finepress/h/Lynne-Huffer-Jennifer-Yorke.html.
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