Catherine Taylor Apart (Dossier)

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Literary Nonfiction. APART grew out of Taylor's memories of visiting her family in South Africa as a child and her later curiosity about her (white) mother's involvement in early anti-apartheid women's groups. Mixing narrative prose, poems, social and political theory, and found texts culled from years of visiting South African archives and libraries, APART navigates the difficult landscapes of history, shame, privilege, and grief.

"Catherine Taylor's APART offers an intimate and sweeping look at the legacy of apartheid, while performing an altogether rare balance of 'lyric seduction' against 'the ugliness of corpses.' Taylor refreshingly treats white guilt and the self-conscious recognition of privilege as starting points rather than conclusions, as she plumbs the depths of history, from which, as she reminds us, 'no one is excused.' The result is edifying, original, and critically rigorous—a poetic and political vibration between 'ecstasy, shame, ecstasy, shame.'"—Maggie Nelson

"Catherine Taylor's APART is neither journalism nor memoir nor documentary poem nor lyric essay nor jeremiad—though it contains elements of them all—but a brilliant and relentless examination of conscience always in search of a literary form adequate to its mission. Embarked on the 'search for a common name' in the aftermath of South African Apartheid, Taylor's takes care on her way to gather an archive of feelings, 'signs of struggle, boredom, hope, effort, fatigue, tedium, privilege, its lack, brutality, tyranny, complicity, despair, and resistance.' If APART renders in language the affect of having an ethics, what makes Taylor's writing ultimately so persuasive as a politics is its portrait of the private citizen as 'at once ineffectual and humane, complicit and resistant, irrelevant and necessary.' Deeply attentive to the contradictory ideologies that structure our lives as historical subjects, Taylor's vision of conscientious citizenship demands that we recognize subjectivity's intrinsic subjection to power without ever losing sight of our individual agency and the necessity for independent action and inquiry. Thinking its way through the insidious, tragic inequalities of globalization, capitalism, and democracy's alleged freedoms, APART indeed succeeds in persuading its readers to disavow 'a cynicism we can't afford.'"—Brian Teare

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Catherine Taylor is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her writing has appeared in The Colorado Review, Hotel Amerika, Jacket2, Xantippe, Postmodern Culture, Action Yes!, Witness, and elsewhere. Her first book, Giving Birth: A Journey into the World of Mothers and Midwives (Penguin Putnam, 2002), won the Lamaze International Birth Advocate Award. She has worked as a producer, writer, and researcher on a number of documentary films including "The Exiles" which won an Emmy Award, and was a Co-Founder and Producer of The Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Taylor is also Founding Editor of Essay Press. She received her Ph.D. from Duke University, has twice been a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town, and teaches at Ithaca College.

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Book Description Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Literary Nonfiction. APART grew out of Taylor s memories of visiting her family in South Africa as a child and her later curiosity about her (white) mother s involvement in early anti-apartheid women s groups. Mixing narrative prose, poems, social and political theory, and found texts culled from years of visiting South African archives and libraries, APART navigates the difficult landscapes of history, shame, privilege, and grief. Catherine Taylor s APART offers an intimate and sweeping look at the legacy of apartheid, while performing an altogether rare balance of lyric seduction against the ugliness of corpses. Taylor refreshingly treats white guilt and the self-conscious recognition of privilege as starting points rather than conclusions, as she plumbs the depths of history, from which, as she reminds us, no one is excused. The result is edifying, original, and critically rigorous a poetic and political vibration between ecstasy, shame, ecstasy, shame. Maggie Nelson Catherine Taylor s APART is neither journalism nor memoir nor documentary poem nor lyric essay nor jeremiad though it contains elements of them all but a brilliant and relentless examination of conscience always in search of a literary form adequate to its mission. Embarked on the search for a common name in the aftermath of South African Apartheid, Taylor s takes care on her way to gather an archive of feelings, signs of struggle, boredom, hope, effort, fatigue, tedium, privilege, its lack, brutality, tyranny, complicity, despair, and resistance. If APART renders in language the affect of having an ethics, what makes Taylor s writing ultimately so persuasive as a politics is its portrait of the private citizen as at once ineffectual and humane, complicit and resistant, irrelevant and necessary. Deeply attentive to the contradictory ideologies that structure our lives as historical subjects, Taylor s vision of conscientious citizenship demands that we recognize subjectivity s intrinsic subjection to power without ever losing sight of our individual agency and the necessity for independent action and inquiry. Thinking its way through the insidious, tragic inequalities of globalization, capitalism, and democracy s alleged freedoms, APART indeed succeeds in persuading its readers to disavow a cynicism we can t afford. Brian Teare. Seller Inventory # AAR9781933254968

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