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Spring 2021

Spring 2021 Preview: The Poetics Working Group and Genre: Form of Discourse and Culture Journal will host Edgar Garcia (U. Chicago) on Zoom for a discussion on his new book Signs of the Americas: A Poetics of Pictography, Hieroglyphs, and Khipu (2019).    A wide-ranging study of "hemispheric poetics," Signs of the Americas works at the intersection of literary studies, anthropology, Native American Studies, and linguistics, and brings together writing by a wide range of indigenous and non-indigenous authors and artists of the Americas, from Aztec priests and Amazonian shamans to Simon Ortiz, Gerald Vizenor, Jaime de Angulo, Charles Olson, Cy Twombly, Gloria Anzaldúa, William Burroughs, Louise Erdrich, Cecilia Vicuña, and many others, His book argues that "Indigenous sign-systems" such as pictographs and petroglyphs have "always been living, evolving signifiers, responsive to their circumstances and able to continuously redefine themselves and the nature of the world."

This Spring 2021, The Poetics Working Group and Genre: Form of Discourse and Culture Journal will host Edgar Garcia (U. Chicago) on Zoom for a discussion on his new book Signs of the Ameticas: A Poetics of Pictography, Hieroglyphs, and Khipu (2019). 

A wide-ranging study of "hemispheric poetics," Signs of the Americas works at the intersection of literary studies, anthropology, Native American Studies, and linguistics, and brings together writing by a wide range of indigenous and non-indgenous authors and artists of the Americas, from Aztec priests and Amazonian shamans, to Simon Ortiza, Geral Vizenor, Jaime de Angulo, Charles Olson, Cy Twombly, Gloria Anzaldúa, William Burroughs, Louise Erdrich, Cecilia Vicuña, and many others. His books argues that "Indigenous sign-systems" such as pictographs and petroglyphs have "always been living, evolving signifiers, responsive to their circumstances and able to continously redefine themselves and the nature of the world."

Also, stay tuned from the African American Literature Reading Group as they will be hosting four up and coming scholars!