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Transmitting Impossible Things: Alexander Chee on the Novel, Activism and Essayism as Intergenerational Projects

Alexander Chee
October 28, 2019 - 12:00pm
Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall
Stanford, University
Speaker(s): 
Alexander Chee

Open to faculty, staff and students. 

Alexander Chee (Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night), associate professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College, is an award-winning author whose essays and stories have been published widely, including in the New York Times Book ReviewT Magazine and Tin House. The sixteen essays collected in Chee’s 2018 How to Write an Autobiographical Novel use the collection's title question to ask many others — among  them how we narrate queer lives, and how we preserve queer activist history for younger generations. 

In his conversation with Clayman Institute Director Adrian Daub, Chee will discuss his novels, Tarot reading, the fine art of literary drag — but above all how we tell the histories of previous generations of activists, in particular the ones that are not mainstreamed and honored, but rather ground down or discredited, their histories erased.

Event Sponsor: 
The Clayman Institute for Gender Research