HWS Theatre will continue its Frame/Works series on Friday, Feb. 20 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Coxe 7 with guest scholar Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature Stephen Cope, who will present a talk, “On the Other Side of the Mirror: Madness, Marginality, and the Avant-Garde” and explore a number of questions.
What might it mean to read the texts of the avant-garde as expressions of social marginalization rather than cultural elitism? What is the relationship of marginalization to elitism, and how can we distinguish between the two? In what ways is the cultural status of difficult texts similar to the social status of peoples or populations who are conceived as equally difficult, complex, opaque, or un-relatable? In what ways is this very notion of difficulty socially, culturally, and politically problematic?
Cope’s talk is free and open to the public. Frame/Works attendees are encouraged to see “Alice in Wonderland” the evening of Feb. 20. Tickets will be available at the College Store and Area Records and Music. “Alice” runs Feb. 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bartlett Theatre.
The editor of “George Oppen: Selected Prose, Daybooks, and Papers” (University of California Press), Cope’s articles on literature and culture have appeared internationally, and he has taught in undergraduate and graduate English programs throughout the United States. He the founder and host of the “Conference of the Birds” radio program podcast, and lives in Ithaca, N.Y.
Frame/Works is a program designed to draw connections between scholarly examination and artistic practice. Scholars are invited to present their research on a play, playwright, historical moment, genre or style in a pre-show lecture prior to a performance. Following the performance, audience members are invited to participate in a post-show talkback with members of the cast and creative team.
Taken together, the pre-show lecture and the post-show talkback, “frame” a “work” of theatrical art. After the “Alice” performance, audience members are invited to stay for a post-show talk-back with members of the cast and production team.