Et tu: Truth-telling Between Women

Lecture: Chau Hoi Shuen GWS Fund sponsored | February 26 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Jennifer Doyle, Professor, Department of English, University of California, Riverside

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies

In his lectures on truth-telling and government, Michel Foucault uses the term alethurgy to name “the set of verbal procedures by which one brings to light that which is laid down as true as opposed to the false, hidden, inexpressible, unforeseen or forgotten”. He offers the following axiom: “there is no exercise of power without something like an alethurgy.” In this talk, centered on truth-telling between women in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels, I take up alethurgy's shadows — those zones marked by the systems which reproduce power and authority as hidden, inexpressible and forgotten.

Second event in the Gender & Women's Studies Department Spring 2020 Lecture Series: "Thinking About Sexual Violence On Campus: Six Scholars, Five Programs"

These lectures are free and open to the public. Venues are wheelchair accessible. Please refrain from wearing scented products at these events. If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact with as much advance notice as possible.