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Anne Anlin Cheng, Professor of English and Director of American Studies at Princeton, will deliver the Owens Lecture. Her tentative title is "Yellow Femme, Synthetic Form." She will also offer a workshop with students on a topic of her choosing during her visit, probably the morning after the talk. Professor Cheng is the author of The Melancholy of Race: Assimilation, Psychoanalysis, and Hidden Grief and Second Skin: Josephine Baker and the Modern Surface.
As her faculty profile notes, her "new book Ornamentalism is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. This study offers a feminist theory of the yellow woman and suggests that embedded within the extensive archive of Euro-American Orientalism is an archaeology of synthetic personhood that is integral to the ideal of modern, organic, western personhood." An essay related to this project recently appeared in Critical Inquiry (https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/696921).
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