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A Kind of Haunting: A Prose Workshop with Cynthia Cruz (via Zoom)

January 29 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm


The place of interest, then, this corner between literature and truth, will form a certain angle. It will be a figure of folding back, of the angle ensured by a fold.

                                    —Jacques Derrida, from “The Double Session”

In this generative prose writing workshop, we will examine the different ways in which writing can allow for what cannot be articulated—either because there are simply no words to accurately depict what must be said or because the speaker quite simply cannot utter what must be said—and how allowing space for the unspeakable can result in a form of haunting, a suspension, we might say, of the present or, rather, a folding in of the past in the space of the present. Our meeting will begin with the discussion of an outside text, after which we will move on to a series of readings and generative writing exercises which will result in a collection of first drafts from which students will be able to construct entirely new works from.

This class will be taught online using Zoom. Login instructions will be emailed on the day before the workshop. Please check spam/promotions filters or email [email protected] with questions.

Cynthia Cruz is the author of seven collection of poems. Hotel Oblivion, her seventh collection, was published in the spring of 2022 by Four way Books. Disquieting: Essays on Silence, a collection of critical essays exploring the concept of silence as a form of resistance, was published by Book*hug in 2019 and The Melancholia of Class: A Manifesto for the Working Class, an examination of Freudian melancholia and the working class, was published by Repeater Books in 2021. Forthcoming in 2023, are a novella, Steady Diet of Nothing, a collection of poems, Back to the Woods, and book on the working class and negative freedom. Cruz is pursuing a PhD in Philosophy at the European Graduate School.

Photo credit: Aman Askarizad


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January 29
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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