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At this panel event by the International Solidarity Action Research Network, three speakers reflect on their own work to explore what solidarity looks like and how it has been and is carried out through writing and performing.

Christopher Berardino, “‘He Was All People and They Were He’: James Joyce’s ‘Epiphany Process’ and Richard Wright’s ‘Innocent Guilt’ in The Man Who Lived Underground”

Christopher Seiji Berardino is scholar and creative writer who holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Cornell University. His research is concerned with the intersections between Modernism and U.S. Multiethnic literatures, particularly Asian American literature. His creative work explores the generational traumas wrought by Japanese American Incarceration. He is represented by Zeynep Sen at Wordlink Inc.

Paul Jaussen, “The Solidarity Poetics of Public Mourning”

Paul Jaussen received his PhD in English with a joint PhD in Theory and Criticism from the University of Washington in 2010. His research focuses on poetry and poetics, literary theory and criticism, modernism, contemporary literature, and the relationship between literature and technology. His first book, Writing in Real Time: Emergent Poetics from Whitman to the Digital (Cambridge UP, 2017), uses systems theory as a model for interpreting long poetry across historical periods, ranging from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass to contemporary works by Nathaniel Mackey and Rachel Blau DuPlessis. With Mary Balkun and Jeffrey Gray, he edited A Companion to American Poetry (Wiley-Blackwell, 2022).His recent essays have been dedicated to contemporary poetry’s forensic aesthetics, the relationship between systems theory and the theory of literary form, spectrality and the transhistorical literary catalogue, and the use of hypothetical focalization in William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! These and other works have appeared or are forthcoming in New Literary History, Criticism, Comparative Literature, Journal of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Chicago Review, and ASAP/J, among others. With Dr. Franco Delogu, he co-directs the Humanity+Technology lecture series at LTU, which has received funding support from the Michigan Humanities Council.

Danielle Drees, “Political Mother: Maternal Solidarity Aesthetics in Regina José Galindo and Bertolt Brecht’s Performances”

Danielle Drees studies gender and labor in 20th- and 21st-century performance. She received her PhD in Theatre and Performance, along with a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, from Columbia University, and her work has appeared in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Frontiers, Performance Research, and Theatre Journal. Her book project, Change the World Overnight: Sleep as Feminist Performance and Protest, draws on Marxist feminism, performance studies, and disability studies to excavate the political and dramaturgical value of sleep in feminist theatre from 1970 to the present. Danielle has taught classes in writing, gender and sexuality studies, literature, and theatre, and served as the assistant editor of Synapsis: a health humanities journal.

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Anna Bernard

Reader in Comparative Literature and English

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