English Faculty Candidate Presentation: Joseph Han

February 26, 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Mānoa Campus, KUY 410

Joseph Han-- a doctoral candidate in English and Creative Writing at the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa--will give a talk on the ways that, in creative writing, an author arrives at a central image, or writes toward a pivotal scene, while also writing to address larger historical entanglements: where we are writing from and for whom are we writing? In this talk, Joseph Han will navigate how the narrative design of stories must be mutable and shaped around the arguments implicit in imagery—what we are asked to remember. Through a discussion of his reading, writing, and teaching practices, Han will offer a study of how a writer must make crucial decisions about focalization, point-of-view, and setting as they are informed by a writer’s positionality. What designs and shapes of story are central to the way we link our narratives and arguments to the work being done by other writers, activists, scholars, and storytellers? Exploring the possibilities of form in short stories, novels, and hybrid prose, Han will read excerpts from both his story collection, Uncrossable, as well as his dissertation, Nuclear Family, a novel that works at the intersection of Korean diaspora and settler colonialism in Hawaiʻi, as it is imbricated in U.S. militarization of the Pacific.

Ticket Information
Free & open to public

Event Sponsor
English, Mānoa Campus

More Information
S. Shankar, (808) 956-3088, engchair@hawaii.edu

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