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SIRI HUSTVEDT: Narratives in the Body: Why One Story and not Another?
October 5, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
For our October Narrative Medicine Rounds, the Program in Narrative Medicine is honored to present Siri Hustvedt, who is one of the leading American writers of the 21st century. A new book by the publisher DeGruyter, entitled “Zones of Focused Ambiguity in Siri Hustvedt’s Works,” edited by Johanna Hartmann, Christine Marks, and Hubert Zapf, has just been released, and Hustvedt will speak about the ideas and analysis within the new collection.
The book brings together essays from various inter-disciplinary perspectives to analyze and interpret her fictional and non-fictional works and is structured into the parts: “Literary Creation and Communication,” Psychoanalysis and Philosophy,” “Medicine and Narrative,” “Vision, Perception, and Power,” and “Trauma, Memory, and the Ambiguities of Self.” There is also an interview with Hustvedt, in which she elucidates her personal conception of her own creative processes of writing.
Hustvedt, who has a Ph.D. from Columbia, is a lecturer in Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Among her works are the novels The Enchantment of Lily Dahl (1996), What I Loved (2003), The Sorrows of an American (2008), The Summer without Men (2011), and The Blazing World (2014). Her upcoming book, “A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind,” published by Simon and Schuster, will be out in December.