English Department Presentation by Dr. Beth Yahp

March 24, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Mānoa Campus, KUY 410 and zoom

Thursday, March 24th 3-4.30PM Zoom and in-person in KUY 410 Zoom: https://hawaii.zoom.us/j/93959194850?pwd=SjF3MVduVVJQejd3VnEzZ1FobmN4Zz09 Meeting ID: 939 5919 4850 Passcode: 236190 Title: Ephemeral Life Writing As Resistance. In this talk/reading, Beth Yahp will discuss her practice of "ephemeral life writing" – a practice/methodology of writing the miniscule and unimportant rather than the sensational (based on Georges Perec’s notions of the infra-ordinary and the endotic) – as a form of lowkey resistance to structures of economic rationalism and weaponised discourses of health and well-being, especially in a time of pandemic. Beth will read new work from her Small Pleasures project, in which the use of critical autobiography, pathography and autoethnographic processes as a hybrid methodology may prove fruitful for interrogating contested relationships between a narrator, their cultural or familial landscapes and their own body’s history/memory. Bio: Beth Yahp’s fiction and creative non-fiction include: The Red Pearl and Other Stories (Vagabond Press, 2017); a memoir Eat First, Talk Later (Gerakbudaya, 2018; Penguin Random House, 2015), which was shortlisted for the 2018 Adelaide Festival Award for Literature (Non-Fiction); and a novel The Crocodile Fury (Vagabond Press, 2017; Angus & Robertson, 1992). Beth wrote the libretto for composer Liza Lim’s opera Moon Spirit Feasting, which won the APRA Award for Best Classical Composition in 2003. Her current projects include a collection of creative non-fiction articles on women, politics and the arts in Malaysia and a series of Small Pleasures set in Sydney and Kuala Lumpur. She currently lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Sydney.

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Free and open to the public

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English, Mānoa Campus

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Ruth Y. Hsu, 63049, rhsu@hawaii.edu

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