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Friday, March 27 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Postrealism and its Discontents: Acker/Burroughs

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The works of Kathy Acker and William S. Burroughs foretell--in ways that anticipate contemporary cut culture--possibilities for materiality and embodiment in the digital age. This panel-performance explores the legacy of this work, and its continuing relevance within a post-human matrix of identity that shifts both with and against the grain of the word. 

Burroughs and Kathy Acker have never been more relevant to contemporary cut-ups and collage practice. 2014 is the William S. Burroughs centennial. His work is being celebrated at major events around and the world, and his writing and art—along with that of Kathy Acker—is often cited as the origin point for contemporary remix culture. These writers pioneered appropriation techniques that pre-figure Internet culture, and they offer in their work “how-to” blueprints to produce text that might impact the world rather than reflect literary and cultural conventions


Davis Schneiderman

Davis Schneiderman’s recent novels include the DEAD/BOOKS trilogy (Jaded Ibis), including the blank novel BLANK, the plagiarized novel [SIC] (Fall 2013), and the ink-smeared novel INK. (forthcoming); along with the novel Drain (Northwestern 2010). He co-edited the collections Retaking the Universe: Williams S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization (Pluto 2004, RealityStudio.com 2014), The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in... Read More →


Joshua Corey

Joshua Corey’s first novel, Beautiful Soul: An American Elegy, was published by Spuyten Duyvil in 2014. He is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently The Barons (Omnidawn Publishing, 2014), and the co-editor, with G.C. Waldrep, of The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral. He lives in Evanston, Illinois and is an associate professor of English at Lake Forest College, where he co-directs Lake Forest College Press... Read More →
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Kevin Killian

Kevin Killian is a novelist, poet, editor, playwright, critic and art writer based in San Francisco. His most recent books are Spreadeagle, a novel; an artists book with his poems and collages by Swiss-born, NYC-based sculptor Ugo Rondinone; and Tagged, a collection of Killian's intimate portraits of poets, artists, musicians, filmmakers, naked, or nearly so, edited by Darin Klein and introduction by Rob Halpern. His next book is Who Killed... Read More →
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Janet Sarbanes

Janet Sarbanes is the author of the short story collection Army of One, and has published cultural criticism in journals such as Afterall, Popular Music and Society, Utopian Studies, Los Angeles Review of Books and East of Borneo. Her current book project is titled Radical Imaginaries: Aesthetic Sociality and the Project of Autonomy. An essay from this collection, “The Shaker... Read More →

Friday March 27, 2015 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Faculty Center

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