Crossing:  A Braided Memoir

February 1, 2012 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Bowman House

Russell Scott Valentino is the author of two scholarly monographs, numerous essays and articles, seven book-length translations of fiction and literary non-fiction from Italian, Croatian, and Russian research grants, two NEA literature fellowships, and a handful of awards and prizes. He teaches in the University of Iowa's Translation Workshop.

Crossing: A Braided Memoir employs the compositional technique of the braid to explore the composite themes of mixture, translation (crossing with something on your back), and transgression (crossing the line). Crossing is both physical, as in movement from one place to another, one shore to another, and metaphysical, as in what happens when you die. It also holds a wealth of figurative associations from the mixing of cultures and languages to religions and races. It is movement across thresholds of various kinds, barriers, borders. It is bastardization when opposed to purity.

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