Writing Memoir, Writing Crime: Creativity as Sociopolitical Intervention

Joy Castro
Willa Cather Professor of English and Ethnic Studies and
Director of the Institute for Ethnic Studies

Nov. 6, 2020
2:30 p.m. ● Virtual Lecture with Live Q&A at research.unl.edu/nebraskalectures
Email questions for Castro to unlresearch@unl.edu.

Have you ever considered writing memoir? Or crime fiction? Both genres offer us persuasive ways of articulating our political views to the larger public.    

Memoir is always inherently political, for it testifies to and critiques the impact of familial and political structures, cultural hierarchies, and socioeconomic structures. Crime fiction, too, implicitly interrogates and redefines constitutive concepts of justice and violation. 

This talk will offer an overview of both literary genres and share specific writing strategies. 

The Chancellor’s Distinguished Nebraska Lecture is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office and the Office of Research and Economic Development.

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