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“Optical Feminism: Rachel Kushner’s Re-Canonisation of Visual Culture in The Flamethrowers”

A Lecture by Dr. Rodney Taveira

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:30pm

College Arts and Humanities Institute

Dr. Rodney Taveira is a Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Sydney and currently a Visiting Fellow with the Faculty of Law, Humanities, and the Arts at the University of Wollongong. He has published on contemporary American fiction, book reviews, and television, and the interrelation of cinema, photography, painting, and literature. He is currently working on a book titled Novel Vision: The Graphic Impulse of Contemporary U.S. Fiction, which argues that postwar American fiction authors a history of visual culture. The layered frameworks of film theory and film history, queer theory, and transnationalism structure the counterintuitive intervention of using the image to read novels, and novels to historicize the image. By examining the work of Rachel Kushner, Don DeLillo, James Ellroy, Tao Lin, and Thomas Pynchon, Taveira remediates reading practices by articulating the visual history of the contemporary American novel.