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Public Lecture with Michael P. Bibler: "Addie Bundren Lives! Staging the Feminist Body in the Modern Dance Adaptation of As I Lay Dying"
Fri, February 7, 2014 • 4:30 PM • CLA 1.302D
The Department of English welcomes Michael Bibler, Associate Professor of English at Louisiana State University. A specialist in southern literature and queer and feminist theories, Professor Bibler earned his Ph.D. at Tulane University. Bibler is the author of Cotton’s Queer Relations: Same-Sex Intimacy and the Literature of the Southern Plantation, 1936-1968 (2009) and the co-editor of essay collection Just Below South: Intercultural Performance in the Caribbean and the U.S. South (2007) and of Arna Bontemps's 1939 novel about the Haitian Revolution, Drums at Dusk (2009)
Here’s Dr. Bibler’s description of his talk: "Never mind James Franco, this paper explores the radical feminist politics of Valerie Bettis’s 1949 modern dance adaptation of Faulkner’s novel. Situating her adaptation in its Post-WWII context, I show how Bettis uses the medium of dance to push beyond the textual limits of Faulkner’s novel and completely rewrite prevailing masculinist notions of desire, the body, authorship, and authority."