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Mid-Sentence: Writers in Conversation | Alexandra Kleeman, Patty Yumi Cottrell, Ariana Reines


March 24, 2017

FREE - Doors to the Corner Room open at 5:30 PM.

As elements of feminism enter the cultural mainstream, traces of gender norms continue to shape our responses to women--both on and off the page.

Enter the Feminine Grotesque: The woman who makes a spectacle of herself, who won't behave--the woman who is unregulated, always too much or not enough. Why do we still find it so frightening when women spill past their own boundaries, taking on shapes in excess of social norms and expectations?  And how can this figure be reclaimed to resist those norms?  

In this conversation, poet Ariana Reines (author of the Alberta Award-winning The Cow) and novelists Alexandra Kleeman (You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine) and Patty Yumi Cottrell (Sorry to Disrupt The Peace) discuss what it means to work within or against tropes of femininity in their own writing, and explore the concept of the grotesque as a tool for liberation and/or constraint.

Mid-Sentence features writers in conversation on the state of literature today. All events are free and open to the public.

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