Sara Stridsberg’s Valerie: Writing Against Patriarchy
Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Reading, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay
In this class, we'll read Sara Stridsberg's Valerie (2019), a reimagining of American feminist Valerie Solanas' life. Stridsberg's experimental and inventive novel, described as a "literary fantasy," rewrites Solanas' story to interrogate and challenge white (American) patriarchy. Each class begins with discussion and then turns to generative writing prompts, using Stridsberg's work to write about our own feminist heroes and patriarchal realities. We'll use Stridsberg's techniques, such as play-like dialogues, abecedaria, court records, and history to jump-start our work.
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Kaelie Giffel, Ph.D., formerly of Seattle, now writes and does violence prevention work in Durham, NC. Her writing focuses on feminism, education, and the joys of intellectual work for activists. Her work has appeared in academic journals and elsewhere.
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