Paisley Rekdal - Logan
Oct 19, 2021, 6:00 pm
Appropriation: A Provocation
VenueUSU Merrill-Cazier Library
3000 Old Main Hl
Logan , UT 84322-3000
Find us at USU Library 101 with Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal, author of Appropriation: A Provocation
A timely, nuanced work that dissects the thorny debate around cultural appropriation and the literary imagination.
How do we properly define cultural appropriation, and is it always wrong? If we can write in the voice of another, should we? And if so, what questions do we need to consider first? In Appropriate, creative writing professor Paisley Rekdal addresses a young writer to delineate how the idea of cultural appropriation has evolved—and perhaps calcified—in our political climate. What follows is a penetrating exploration of fluctuating literary power and authorial privilege, about whiteness and what we really mean by the term empathy, that examines writers from William Styron to Peter Ho Davies to Jeanine Cummins. Lucid, reflective, and astute, Appropriate presents a generous new framework for one of the most controversial subjects in contemporary literature.
This program is made possible with support from Utah Humanities and The USU Inclusion Center.