In this class, we will consider a global history of the personal-political narrative, particularly in the context of self-determination and survival. The body and the homeland as sites of contention in the narratives of enslaved people, first-person accounts of war, imprisonment, genocide, persecution, and other traumas will be discussed alongside innovative contemporary approaches to similar subjects mostly in poetry, but also prose, visual art, and film. We will look at the works of Harriet Jacobs, Solomon Northup, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Waŋbdí Tháŋka (Jerome Big Eagle), Paul Célan, Kim Hak-sun, Kara Walker, Marina Abramovic, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Kate Bornstein, Shahrnush Parsipur, Duriel Harris, dg nanouk okpik, and others. A comprehensive understanding of diverse (re)telling as part of complicating the human narrative across history and geography is the aim.
Naropa University Workshop
Reinscribing the Self: The Red Lineage Tour
April is National Poetry Month and this 90-minute tour will be a dynamic hands-on experience involving identity, positionality, and community, as seen through the lens of metaphor. Tour participants can expect to work closely with internationally-reviewed conceptual artist, Natasha Marin, to add their voices to this global poetry project. In partnership with Hugo House, Writer-in-Residence, Anastacia Tolbert, will facilitate activities throughout the Kehinde Wiley galleries. She will be joined local superstar performer/activist, Evan Peterson.
This tour is free to attend but participants are asked to RSVP.