The ‘Writing Sexual Histories: Archival Crush or Tilting the Degrees of Separation’  First Fridays GSS Postgraduate Workshop with Ann Vickery was held on 2 August 2019. 

Ann Vickery

Abstract

This workshop will consider approaches to archival research in light of feminist and queer theories of textuality, new materialism and postcritique. How do we think about the interrelations of bodies and objects in the archival process and in archival spaces? How do we navigate our distance or proximity to archival objects? How can we think generatively about the reading-writing nexus and the form of possible response, both through narrative and lyric? I will begin to think about these large questions through considering how two Australian researchers, Maryanne Dever and Kate Lilley, have read the archive of Greta Garbo. I would like to use these as a springboard to invite workshop members to share their own research with archives and workshop interdisciplinary challenges, confessions and modes of care.  

Readings:

  • Maryanne Dever, “Greta Garbo’s foot, or sex, socks and letters,” Australian Feminist Studies 25.64 (2010): 163-73.
  • Maryanne Dever, “Papered Over: Or, Some Observations on Materiality and Archival Method,” Out of the Closet, Into the Archive: Researching Sexual Histories. Edited Amy L. Stone and Jaime Cantrell. SUNY, 2015.  
  • Kate Lilley, Excerpts from Tilt (Vagabond Press, 2018).

About the Speaker

Ann Vickery is Head of Writing and Literature at Deakin University. She is the author of two poetry collections, Devious Intimacy(Hunter, 2015) and The Complete Pocketbook of Swoon (Vagabond Press, 2014) and two critical monographs, Stressing the Modern: Cultural Politics in Australian Women’s Poetry (Salt, 2007) and Leaving Lines of Gender: A Feminist Genealogy of Language Writing (Wesleyan UP, 2000). She co-authored The Intimate Archive: Journeys through Private Papers (National Library of Australia, 2009) with Maryanne Dever and Sally Newman. She has also co-edited Poetry and the Trace (Puncher & Wattmann, 2013) with John Hawke, Manifesting Australian Literary Feminisms: Nexus and Faultlines (Australian Literary Studies, 2009) with Margaret Henderson, and a special issue of Affirmations: On the Modern on “New Feelings: Modernism, Intimacy, and Emotion” (2014) with Lorraine Sim. She recently co-convened the “Queer Legacies, New Solidarities” conference with Daniel Marshall and Emma Whatman. For the past two decades, she has been following an ‘impossible dream’ in and out of the archives of New York School poets and artists from the 1950s.   

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