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Liedeke Plate: Transcultural Rewriting as Memory Practice

Lecture: Transcultural Rewriting as Memory Practice

On Tuesday, 12 January 2016, the lecture series New Frontiers in Memory Studies will continue its special focus on transcultural memory and migration. The Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform is happy to announce that Liedeke Plate (Radboud University) will visit Goethe University and give a lecture on “Transcultural Rewriting as Memory Practice”. The event will take place from 12 to 2 pm in IG 1.414.

Frankfurt, January 12, 12-2 pm, IG 1.414


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Rewriting can productively be understood as a technology of remembering and forgetting. By rewriting canonical cultural texts – texts that often function as key cultural identity texts – writers perform acts that seek to transform cultural memory. In this lecture, Liedeke Plate addresses rewriting in migrant and
diasporic contexts. Focusing on rewritings by Maryse Condé, Anita Diamant and Kamel Daoud, Plate inquires into the relation between transcultural rewriting and transcultural memory and discusses the role of literature in the social life of an emergent transcultural memory from a gender studies perspective.

Liedeke Plate, Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Literary and Cultural Studies at Radboud University, has published extensively on the subject of gender, cultural memory and women’s rewriting, contributing essays to books and publishing in journals such as Signs, The European Journal of Cultural Studies, and Memory Studies. She is author of Transforming Memories in Contemporary Women’s Rewriting (Palgrave, 2011) and co-editor of Performing Memory in Art and Popular Culture (Routledge 2013; paperback 2015), Technologies of Memory in the Arts (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009), and a Dutch book about memories of ‘9/11’ in art and popular culture, entitled Stof en as. Elf september in kunst en populaire cultuur (Van Gennep, 2006) as well as two recent Dutch books on gender: Handboek genderstudies in media, kunst en cultuur (Coutinho, 2015) and Mythen van gender: Essays voor Willy Jansen (Vantilt, 2015). Her current projects focus on the material turn in literary and memory cultures.

Recent articles include:

“Amnesiology: Towards the Study of Cultural Oblivion,” Memory Studies 9.2 (2016). Online before print: doi: 10.1177/1750698015596016.

“How to Do Things with Literature in the Digital Age: Anne Carson’s Nox, Multimodality, and the Ethics of Bookishness,” Contemporary Women’s Writing 9.1 (2015): 93-111. doi: 10.1093/cww/vpu038.

“Remembering the Future; or, Whatever Happened to Re-Vision,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 33.2 (2008): 389-412.

“Bearing Witness: Gender and Poetry After 9/11,” Women’s Studies: An Inter-Disciplinary Journal 37.1 (2008): 1-16.

“Walking in Virginia Woolf’s Footsteps, Performing Cultural Memory,” European Journal of Cultural Studies 9.1 (2006): 101-120.