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In Conversation with Chris Kraus

I was excited and more than a little intimidated to appear in conversation with US-based writer and critic Chris Kraus at Northcote Town Hall on behalf of The Wheeler Centre on Tuesday 23 May, 2017. While Kraus is known for her art practice and criticism, our conversation focused on the themes of her novels I Love Dick and its sort-of-prequel, Torpor. We discussed Kraus’s omnivorous and experimental approach to genre and form, her fiercely intellectual exploration of emotion, the gendered dimensions of privacy and failure in her novels, and why she seeks to differentiate her first-person writing from memoir and autofiction.