Sianne Ngai, “The Cute, the Zany, and the Interesting”
Friday, September 24 at 4:00, LC 319
The Theory & Media Studies Colloquium presents:
Sianne Ngai is an associate professor of American literature in the English Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. She specializes in twentieth-century literary and cultural theory, poetry, film studies, and feminist studies. She is the author of Ugly Feelings (Harvard University Press, 2005), and currently at work on a new book on the politics of three modern aesthetic categories: the cute, the zany, and the interesting. Recently published essays include “The Cuteness of the Avant Garde,” in Critical Inquiry (Summer 2005); “Black Venus, Blonde Venus,” in Bad Modernisms, edited by Douglas Mao and Rebecca Walkowitz (Duke University Press, 2006); and “Competitiveness: From Sula to Tyra,” forthcoming in a special issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly devoted to the subject of envy.