This Part is Silent: A Workshop in Experimental Criticism with Jodie Kim

In Hardly War (2016), Don Mee Choi chants, ‘I refuse to translate.’ She declares this over and over and over and over and over, ‘무궁화꽃이피었습니다.’” Opening with a short reading from THIS PART IS SILENT (WW Norton, 2024), the workshop will consider the power of working in refusal, exploring the practice of unwillingness and withholding.
Participants are invited to bring an object they are uncertain about whether to keep or get rid of, something that can safely and easily be handled by others.

Jodie Kim was born in Korea and raised in the American South. She has a PhD in the New Southern Gothic and her research focuses on the intersection of racial, gendered, and political violence and contemporary literature. Jodie writes as SJ Kim. She is the author of This Part is Silent, an essay collection forthcoming with W.W. Norton in April 2024. Her writing has appeared in Oxford American, Wasafiri, and The Hanok Review among other publications, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her poetry and translation study received the 2021 Specimen Prize.

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