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Date(s): Mondays, August 24 - 31, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Type(s): Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Poetry
This class investigates or states the effects of having one's social identity (identities) (mis)represented by a beloved fictional character. Poets like Marlin M. Jenkins, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, and A. Van Jordan, are in conversation with animated television shows, comic-books, and live-action series, expressing how these popular icons influence one's perception of self. Through studying a few of their poems, we explore complicated feelings around projection, identity markers in speculative fiction, and commodification of identity. Using narrative, metaphor, and imagery, writers will examine a fictional character they believe (mis)represents them, inciting critique, celebration, reimagination, all three, or more.