I LOVE DICK by Chris Kraus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

things we touched on:

 

-       shame – as agency

-       making the personal political

-       collective forgetting

-       female writers/artists working with the terrain of the hyper-personal/ confessional and whether this leads           to a loss of vulnerability (Tracey Emin, Sophie Calle) - work of this type as the epitomy of individualism

-       neurosis – as a conscious position to be acting from – masochism as antagonsim

-       indulging in failure

-       diaristic writing – allowing for very judgemental opinions to be heard;

-       being brave

-       the agency of the personal

-       manipulation – in the editing – an inscrutable distinction between Chris the writer and Chris the character

-       writing in the first person singular

-       ridiculing authorship

-       personal/ non-personal writing

-       the  male writer – pretense at objectivity

-       the difference between ideology and psychology

-       the selfless opinion

-       women and madness – irrationality

-       the terror of the mad woman

-       women and magic

-       Mary Poppins

-       popular culture – M. Bakhtin – upside down world

-       what is acceptable to be shared

-       vulnerability as a power position; a position of refusal

-       vulnerability as counter-productive - Maggie Nelson's Bluets

-       I Love Dick – no real failing – writitng as vindication

-       compassion, pity

-       paranoid reading

 

 

suggested future readings:

 

* Clarice Lispector - The Hour of the Star  // more about Clarice 

* Luisa Muraro - God and Violence - a review of it          - also to read maybe in conjunction with:

* Kate Zambrano - Heroines // description 

* P. L. Travers - Mary Poppins - in relation to what constitutes a feminist female character and subversiveness