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Saturday, March 28 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Marvelous Trash: Fan Fiction and Conceptualism

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Inhabiting original texts as open channels, fan fiction is a richly citational and performative genre, sharing much with concepual writing; yet despite these similarities, it remains underconsidered within innovative writing communities. This panel stages an encounter between fan fiction and conceptual writing to the-orize a fanfic conceptualism. We ask: What happens when we intentionally con-fuse conceptualism and fandom? How might that confusion alter our creative pro-cess or how we read creative process? Moreover, how might fan fiction aesthetics inform not only how we view influence, lineage, and canonization, but also how we construct the boundaries of any artwork?  

With a particular investment in the paraliterary and kitsch aspects of fan fiction, these six writers and video artists articulate a fanfic conceptualism that is interested in identification, occupation, and embodiment: a mode that is affective, performative, and parasitic—melodramatic, operatic, excessive—a kind of marvel-ous trash. Featuring appearances from Oscar Pistorius, Tegan and Sara, the Golden Girls, the Kardashians, and more TBD.


Johannes Göransson

Johannes Göransson is the author of six books, most recently The Sugar Book, a lyric novel from Tarpaulin Sky Press. He is the US translator of Aase Berg. He teaches at Notre Dame and co-edits Action Books.

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Kate Durbin

Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles-based artist and writer. Her books include E! Enter-tainment, Abra, and The Ravenous Audience. She is founding editor of Gaga Stig-mata. Her most recent performance, Hello Selfie, took place in Union Square, fol-lowed with an exhibition at Transfer Gallery. She has performed at MOCA and The Hammer Museum, and she is the recipient of an NEA grant.
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K. Lorraine Graham

Communications, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, UMD-College Park
I'm a literary artist and occasional scholar with broad interests in multilingual spaces, internet fan cultures, network analysis, and the aesthetics of banality. My first book is Terminal Humming, from Edge Books. My second, The Rest Is Censored, is forthcoming from Coconut Press in April 2015. A selection of my manuscript, Graph, is featured in Postmodern Culture. | | I grew up mostly overseas, went to school in DC, left DC for love... Read More →
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Joyelle McSweeney

Joyelle McSweeney is the author of eight books, most recently the play Dead Youth, or, the Leaks (winner of the inaugural Leslie Scalapino Prize for Innovative Women playwrights; published by Litmus Press) and The Necropastoral: Poetry, Media, Occults (U. of Michigan Poets on Poetry Series). She teaches at Notre Dame and co-edits the international press, Action Books.
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Megan Milks

Megan Milks is the author of Kill Marguerite and Other Stories (Emergency Press, 2014) and the chapbook Twins (Birds of Lace, 2012), which enlists the Sweet Valley Twins in a choose your own adventure. Her fiction has been published in three volumes of innovative writing as well as many journals. She is co-editor of the volume Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives (Routledge, 2014) and editor of The &NOW Awards 3: The Best... Read More →

Saturday March 28, 2015 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Coffee House Theater

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