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Chris Chen: “An Axiomatic Chorus”: Serial Black Identities and Allegories of Improvisation in Nathaniel Mackey’s
January 20, 2012 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Stevenson Fireside Lounge
The Literature Department invites you to attend a talk held in conjunction with the search for
a position in African-American Literature (Modernism to Contemporary):
“An Axiomatic Chorus”: Serial Black Identities and Allegories of Improvisation in Nathaniel Mackey’s
From A Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate.
Christopher Chen is a Holloway Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Berkeley. He received a Ph.D. at Berkeley in 2011 and an MFA in poetry writing from the Iowa Writers Workshop. His dissertation is a comparative study of contemporary African American and Asian American poetry, which explores how the pervasive use of non-narrative, serial poetic forms registers intra- and interracial conflict and foregrounds the question of racial comparison as both impossible and unavoidable in the post-civil rights era.