Joyce Carol Oates & Trinh T. Minha: Two Upcoming Readings in Berkeley

Thursday, February 10, 2011
6 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
Joyce Carol Oates,  Author, on
“The Writer’s (Secret) Life: Rejection, Woundedness, and
Oates is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a
member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

Follow-up Panel Discussion with Joyce Carol Oates
Friday, February 11, 2011
12 – 2 p.m. | Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Author Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National
Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has
written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national
bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde (a finalist for the National Book
Award and the Pulitzer Prize), and the New York Times bestsellers The
Falls and The Gravedigger’s Daughter.


Thursday, February 17, 7:30 p.m.

Book Reading with  Prof. Trinh Minh-Ha (UC Berkeley)

will discuss her new book, Elsewhere, Within Here: Immigration, Refugeeism and the Boundary Event.

Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley

Elsewhere, Within Here is an engaging look at travel across national borders–as a foreigner, a tourist, an immigrant, a refugee—in a pre- and post-9/11 world. Who is welcome where? What does it mean to feel out of place in the country you call home? When does the stranger appear in these times of dark metamorphoses? These are some of the issues addressed by the author as she examines the cultural meaning and complexities of travel, immigration, home and exile. The boundary, seen both as a material and immaterial event, is where endings pass into beginnings. Building upon themes present in her earlier work on hybridity and displacement in the median passage, and illuminating the ways in which “every voyage can be said to involve a re-siting of boundaries,” Trinh T. Minh-ha leads her readers through an investigation of what it means to be an insider and an outsider in this “epoch of global fear.”

Elsewhere, Within Here is essential reading for those interested in contemporary feminist thought and postcolonial studies.

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