This talk will broach the question of race in relation to the image of serial girls in literature and visual art. A specific focus will be placed on how seriality affects women of color: How does this concept operate both formally and symbolically, imposing an ideal (white) female body and an ideal image of femininity? The aim of this talk is to showcase the way seriality is also used by artists of color as a means for resistance against white cultural supremacy and (white) misogyny. In this context, the image of serial girls appears as a symptom of racism and as the possibility of anti-racist engagement.
Presented by BU’s Faculty of Arts Speaker Series, the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, as well as the Gender & Women’s Studies Program.
Delvaux is a Professor of literature and women’s studies at Université du Québec à Montréal. She has published extensively on a wide array of topics, including contemporary literature, testimonial literature, popular culture, history and philosophy, and is the author of four novels. Her speaking engagements in Manitoba are sponsored by the Margaret Laurence Endowment Fund, administered by the Gender & Women’s Studies program at BU.