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Friday, May 5 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
4B: Race & Identity in Fiction & Nonfiction FILLING
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This session will explore the ways race and identity are involved in the writing of both fiction and nonfiction. First, it will examine the differences between how white writers and writers of color introduce the ethnicity and race of their characters. This difference speaks to a deep ontological racial divide with implications that go beyond the literary world.  Second, what are the limits of the "show don't tell" aesthetic when it comes to the work of writers of color and how does the question, "Whom is the narrator telling the story to?" relate to the writing of both fiction and memoir, particularly for writers of color.  This session will investigate techniques for depicting racial and ethnic identity, and then relate them to organizing and executing narrative structures in both fiction and memoir.  There will be both lecture and discussion with handouts and LCD projector. Writers cited: Diaz, Packer, Baldwin, Franzen, Hong Kingston.

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David Mura

David Mura is a poet, memoirist, fiction writer, critic, playwright and performance artist.  A Sansei or third generation Japanese American, Mura has written two memoirs: Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, which won a 1991 Josephine Miles Book Award from the Oakland PEN and was a New York Times Notable Book of Year, and Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity. His novel Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, the John Gardner Fiction Prize and Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Stuart Room