Thursday, March 20, 2014

Julian Yates - March 28

"Invisible Ink; or, The Allure of Orange"

Friday, March 28th * 3pm
Rome 771
801 22nd St NW
Washington, DC 20052

Please join us next Friday as Julian Yates gives a talk drawn from his project on the lives and agency of oranges, sheep and yeast:

In 2002, I published an essay titled “Towards A Theory of Agentive Drift: Or, A Particular Fondness for Oranges circa 1597” that developed a way of modeling the event of a prison escape from the Tower of London that adapted philosopher Michel Serres and sociologist Bruno Latour’s understanding of agency as the product of a network of actors or actants. In this paper, taken from the section on oranges in my current book project, The Multispecies Impression, I return to this story as I read it now as part of an attempt to write “with” and “for” oranges, treating the texts authored by human persons as a strange kind of archive or impression left by the serial iterability or multiplicity that is orange and oranges. Ultimately, I am interested in the way this multiplicity or “orange-being” registers in the media specific forms that attach to or derive from the perceptual and cognitive limits of the human, and so in treating our discourses as a substrate on which oranges write—hence my title: “Invisible Ink: Or, the Allure of Orange.” 

Julian Yates is Associate Professor of English and Material Culture Studies at University of Delaware. He is the author of Error, Misuse, Failure: Object Lessons from the English Renaissance (University of Minnesota Press, 2003), which was a finalist for the MLA Best First Book Prize and What’s the Worst Thing You Can Do To Shakespeare? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), co-authored with Richard Burt. He is currently writing The Multispecies Impression, a book that imagines our archives as the plastic, tropic remains of an on-going anthropo-zoo-genesis, the co-making of humans, other animals, plants, fungi and minerals. Research for this project has been funded, in part, by grants from the NEH, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the American Philosophical Society. He and Richard Burt are also hatching plots for a follow up Shakespeare book with the working title, Shakespeare’s Unread “Letters.”

A pdf of this poster is available for download here