“Marguerite Duras’s Excremental Ethics of Care”
Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University
Annabel L. Kim is an associate professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. A specialist of 20th- and 21st-century French literature, Kim is the author of Unbecoming Language: Anti-Identitarian French Feminist Fictions (Ohio State UP, 2018), which turns to the work of Nathalie Sarraute, Monique Wittig, and Anne Garréta to theorize an anti-difference feminist poetics, and of Cacaphonies: The Excremental Canon (forthcoming with the University of Minnesota Press in 2022), which follows a fecal through- line in the works of Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Samuel Beckett, Jean Genet, Jean-Paul Sartre, Marguerite Duras, Romain Gary, Daniel Pennac, and Garréta to show how the abiding fecality of French literature serves as a corporeal corrective to the abstraction of French universalism. Kim has also written and published on contemporary novelists like Marie Darrieussecq and Leïla Slimani. Kim is the guest editor of a special issue of diacritics (forthcoming later this year) on the politics of citation and a co-editor, along with Morgane Cadieu, of a special issue of Yale French Studies on the lesbian materialism of Monique Wittig. Kim is starting a new project on autofiction and exofiction critiquing contemporary French literature’s turn to the real.
Sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in French, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
March 5th at 5:30pm