Visiting Scholars 2014: Chris Kraus (Literary Studies)

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Chris Kraus – photo credit: John Kelsey.

In June and July 2014, the Literary Studies program hosted novelist, publisher and art critic Chris Kraus as a Visiting Scholar. Kraus is co-editor of the influential press Semiotexte, publishers of “theory, fiction, madness, economics, satire, sexuality, science fiction, activism and confession”. Kraus’s novels include I Love Dick (1997), Torpor (2006), and Summer of Hate (2012) and she has published two collections of art criticism: Video Green (2004) and Where Art Belongs (2012). In 2008, Kraus received the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism from the College Art Association.

 Chris’s Writer’s and Their World seminar at Clayton attracted over fifty people to the campus on Monday 30 June, including many members of the public. Chris presented a very interesting critique of the recent debate about inclusion of women writers in the literary mainstream sparked by the VIDA count. It involved lively and interesting discussion (a podcast is available here:  http://arts.monash.edu.au/podcast/2014/2014-06-30t1400-chris-kraus.mp3)

The writing workshop co-organised with the MADA Curatorial Practice PhD program which occurred on  2 July was the first cross-Faculty event of its type. Spots in the workshop were in high demand (again from both Monash and members of the public) and brought together students from creative writing, literary and cultural studies, the PhD program in Curatorial Practice as well as staff from MUMA and two members of the public selected by the Emerging Writers Festival. It was a very successful session, and will hopefully be the beginning of collaborations around writing between the two Faculties.
Chris also delivered the keynote address at The Fifth International Contemporary Women’s Writing Association Conference, co-hosted by Monash, RMIT and Deakin universities (conference website: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/the-book/cwwa/). She also gave a talk at WestSpace gallery in the CBD. Thanks to Dr Anna Poletti (Anna.Poletti@monash.edu) for organising this successful visit.