Archive for March, 2012

"And then I gave birth to kids and suddenly realized that my body was a monster…": Rumpus Interview with Aase Berg, Johannes Göransson and Garth Graeper

by on Mar.09, 2012

You can find the full transcript here. It’s about Transfer Fat.

Aase: The most interesting thing about the hare is that after I wrote the book I realized in Swedish folklore the hare is transgender

Aase: I was more interested in the human body earlier, because I was afraid of everything physical. And then I gave birth to kids and suddenly realized that my body was a monster, but working together with me. Nowadays I have started using my own body in other ways (riding horses, driving, things you have to do when you live on the countryside). I’m not that interested in writing about the body anymore, I use it instead.

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Deformation Zone: Joyelle McSweeney and Johannes Göransson on translation

by on Mar.09, 2012

Joyelle and I wrote a joint chapbook of translation theory, Deformation Zone, published by Ugly Duckling Presse. You can buy it here.

This is what they say about it on their web site:

Theoretically minded and practice oriented, McSweeney and Göransson’s interests range outside the literary mainstream and even the “experimental” literary mainstream, incorporating cutting-edge media theory, the aesthetics of abjection, and theories of disability as they apply to translation. Deformation Zone: On Translation comprises two essays, one by each author, exploring their ideas.

It’s actually two lectures we gave at a conference a couple of years ago. Both use the work of Aase Berg as a starting point (her poem “Deformation Zone” gives the book its name), though Joyelle also discusses John Waters (her section is called “Translation: The Filthiest Medium Alive”) and Matthew Barney; and mine talks in more detail about Aase’s work as well as Christian Hawkey’s Ventrakl.

My piece, which is called “Translation Wounds” begins like this:

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