2017 International Authors Series
- 12 - 1:30 p.m.
- All Ages
The International Authors program series provides an opportunity for the community to meet and converse with writers from around the world who are the 2017 Writers in Residence at the University of Iowa International Writing Program. The series is sponsored by The UI International Writing Program and The Iowa City Public Library.
September 1: In Translation—As metaphor and as reality, in our ever-more-hybrid world, translation is now ubiquitous. Languages live side by side, commingle, influence each other. New words, accents, grammars, forms of data, are surging everywhere. A writer may switch between languages within a piece of work, or may self-translate, or may, like Ngugi we’ Thiongo, deliberately refuse to avail herself of a major language for the benefit of a minor one. Do you too live, create, think, on a linguistic fault line?
September 15: Should a Writer Speak for “The Universal”? On September 6, Berlin’s main literary festival will hold its annual worldwide reading, this time in support of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. How can writers and cultural institutions best claim space for, and remain vigilant on issues of human rights? And, should they—or should they instead support more local, specific, culturally-set priorities? How attached are you to (the idea of) universal values?
September 22: Utopia and the Future— Doesn’t dystopian literature feel all-too-real today? How can one “write forward,” toward a more utopian stance?
September 29: Permanent Migration, or Re-thinking Home—Is your home in more than one place? Where do your multiple allegiances lie, what rift is the deepest--and what is to be learned from betweenness? How might writing (re)phrase questions of identity and home, perhaps distinguish between the biographical and the writing self?
October 6: Emancipating Bodies, Encountering Taboos—How does literature still contend with sexual, cultural, and religious taboos? Are there subjects still too daunting to take on? Class, race, gender, sexual orientation, body–what are the remaining literary taboos, and can a work control meaning while breaking norms?
October 20: Emo: The Mode of High Emotion—How does your work tap intense emotion? Is there a movement toward heightened drama in your artistic domain? How do expressive media (poetry, film, fiction, music) make use of emotion—and can this effect be calculated, or anticipated in a reader/viewer/listener? Is “high emotion” the purview of certain groups of readers? Of certain classes?
Ocotber 27: Images of America— Fall International Writing Program Residents share impressions of their time in the United States during this perennial IWP favorite.
No presentations on September 8, or October 13.