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Critical Literary Consumption

47 EpisodesProduced by Anna NguyenWebsite

Join Anna Nguyen for a podcast that asks us to reflect on our reading and analyzing practices. Interviewing writers, authors, and academics, we'll discuss: what does it mean when we cite a text or when we activate the text? Are we giving authors the agency or do we take for granted the concepts we u… read more

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Reading Trauma in Colonialism and Being Misread (with Dr. Noreen Masud)

August 16th, 2023


In her debut book, A Flat Place: A Memoir, Dr. Noreen Masud traces the longstanding impacts of colonialism in flat places and landscapes while …

Resistance and 'Radical Intimacy' (with Sophie K. Rosa)

July 27th, 2023


What would resistance against capitalism and neoliberalism look like in the intimate sphere is one of the major questions Sophie K. Rosa reflects …

The Making of a 'Modern' Thailand (with Mai Nardone)

June 29th, 2023


Mai Nardone talks about his first book, the story collection Welcome Me to the Kingdom, which spans four decades and traces urbanization of the late …

Extrapolating Geographies and Intertextuality (with Lamya H.)

June 8th, 2023


Lamya H. speaks about writing an unapologetically queer and Muslim text in her debut work, Hijab Butch Blues: A Memoir, which chronicles her …

The Pleasure of the Text In the Kitchen, In Domestic Spaces, In Theories of the Body (with Rebecca May Johnson)

May 18th, 2023


Rebecca May Johnson charts her writing and thinking processes in what became her first book, Small Fires: An Epic in the Kitchen, a text that embodies and challenges notions of language and form, recipe writing, …

‘Monetary Authorities’: Racial Capitalism and Unconditional Decolonization (with Dr. Allan E. S. Lumba)

April 6th, 2023


Dr. Allan E.S. Lumba (Concordia University), author of Monetary Authorities: Capitalism and Decolonization in the American Colonial Philippines, …

Technocapitalism, Nostalgia, and Pop Culture (with Jinwoo Chong)

March 15th, 2023


In anticipation of his debut novel, Jinwoo Chong shares the genealogy of writing Flux, an ambitious novel told through multiple perspectives. Chong …

‘How Do the Living Come Back to Life?’ (with Morgan Talty)

February 16th, 2023


Morgan Talty’s debut story collection, Night of the Living Rez, poignantly contemplates, examines, subverts idealized understandings of community, …

Symmetry/Asymmetry of Language and Translation (with Su Cho)

February 2nd, 2023


Su Cho’s debut poetry collection, The Symmetry of Fish, examines the stories of language through relationships, food, space, and places. She shares …

Untangling 'Trauma, Tresses, & Truth' (with Lyzette Wanzer)

January 19th, 2023


Lyzette Wanzer ruminates on the events leading up to the conception of her edited volume Trauma, Tresses, & Truth: Untangling Our Hair Through …

'Sonic Memories' and Silences (with Cija Jefferson)

January 3rd, 2023


Cija Jefferson reflects on her experiences in an MFA program, craft, community, and revision. Her MFA project, Sonic Memories and Other Essays, is her first book, in which nine essays capture different stages of the …

An American Education Through Illness and Nourishment (with Dure Aziz Amna)

December 9th, 2022


Dure Aziz Amna talks about writing her debut novel, American Fever, using tuberculosis as a motif to explore questions of who is responsible for high …

Black German Studies and Transnational Collectivity (with Dr. Tiffany N. Florvil)

November 21st, 2022


Dr. Tiffany N. Florvil (University of New Mexico) shares how her research on the history of social movements, subculture activist archives, Germany, …

Translation As Literary (Co)Creation (with Nguyễn An Lý)

November 7th, 2022


Nguyễn An Lý talks about her experiences as a translator, especially in reference to Thuận’s atmospheric Chinatown. Using the novel as a focal point, she also elaborates on readership, audience expectations, the idea of …

Afro-Brazilian Media and Antiracist Visual Politics (with Dr. Reighan Gillam)

October 13th, 2022


Dr. Reighan Gillam (University of Southern California) discusses how her fieldwork and research on media producers in Brazil shaped her first …

Mapping As Revision of Life Stories (with Belinda Huijuan Tang)

September 1st, 2022


Belinda Huijuan Tang recollects how emotionally resonant family stories inspired her debut novel A Map for The Missing and connects the gaokao (the …

Poetry, Migrancy, and Domestic Life (with Eileen Chong)

August 8th, 2022


Eileen Chong reflects on her eight poetry collections and the multiple worlds that arise out of relationships, language (translating, speaking, food, …

(Dis-)Orientalism in the Academy (with Elaine Hsieh Chou)

July 20th, 2022


In this interview about her electric debut novel Disorientations, Elaine Hsieh Chou discusses her inspiration for writing a fictional account of academia. She traces how the storyline and characters changed as she …

Mythologies as Communally Owned Stories (with K-Ming Chang)

July 8th, 2022


In both Bestiary and the upcoming story collection Gods of Want, K-Ming connects Victoria Chang’s practice of “language first, then ideas” with her …

“The Body as a Series of Questions” (with Susan Nguyen)

June 27th, 2022


In her debut poetry collection, Dear Diaspora, Susan Nguyen examines how the physical and social body is a site where language, diaspora, and the …

Anti-Colonial Practices as Research Methods (with Dr. Max Liboiron)

June 16th, 2022


Dr. Max Liboiron (Memorial University of Newfoundland St. John’s, NL) discusses their book Pollution is Colonialism, CLEAR, science and technology …

Unreliable Narrators, Knowing and Unknowing (with Soon Wiley)

June 1st, 2022


Soon Wiley simultaneously deconstructs and critiques the mystery plot in his debut novel When We Fell Apart. In thinking about the two different …

Indigenous Internationalism, Indigenous Futures (with Dr. Nick Estes)

May 23rd, 2022


Dr. Nick Estes (University of Minnesota) discusses the writing of his book, Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance and critiques …

Reclamation Project: A Preview of Enjoy Me Among My Ruins (with Juniper Fitzgerald)

May 3rd, 2022


Juniper Fitzgerald talks about her upcoming book, Enjoy Me Among My Ruins published by Feminist Press. Viewing her story as a reclamation project, she talks about playing with structure and writing against the …

Countering the Borderlands for New Origin Stories (with Ariana Brown)

April 22nd, 2022


Ariana Brown discusses the genealogy of her debut full-length poetry collection, We Are Owed. Reflecting on her research on Texas history, what was …

Absences and Things Left Unsaid (with Jennifer Huang)

April 7th, 2022


Jennifer Huang discusses their debut poetry collection, Return Flight, and how it is a sort of travelogue on diaspora as they reflect on the idea of …

The Concept of a Person and Care Work in Undocumented Motherhood (with Dr. Elizabeth Farfán-Santos)

March 30th, 2022


Dr. Elizabeth Farfán-Santos previews her upcoming book, Undocumented Motherhood: Conversation on Love, Trauma, and Border Crossing, a creative text …

Craft and Life Writing: On Work, the Model Minority Myth, and Covid (with Weike Wang)

March 15th, 2022


Centering Weike Wang’s essay, “Notes on Work” published in The New Yorker, we discuss how her views on work in Chemistry and Joan Is Okay intersects with the model minority myth, craft writing/workshopping, and her …

Disaporic Languages of Migration, Food, Nature, and Colonial Histories (with Nina Mingya Powles)

March 4th, 2022


Poet and author Nina Mingya Powles (Tiny Moons: A Year of Eating in Shanghai and Small Bodies of Water) shares how language learning and playing with texts are a core focus of her written work, which examines critical …

Thinking Across Texts, Thinking Across (Inter)disciplines (with Dr. Katherine McKittrick)

February 21st, 2022


Dr. Katherine McKittrick (Queen’s University) talks about interdisciplinarity, citations and footnotes, geographies, curiosity, and radical storytelling through creative texts. In the conversation, we discuss her two …

Poetic Lab Notebooks and the Artistic Lives of Scientists (with Jenny Qi)

January 24th, 2022


Jenny Qi reflects on the process of grief and how her scientific and artistic lives merged in her debut poetry collection Focal Point. Jenny, who …

Fever Dreams: Subconscious, Poetic Experimentation (with Kelli Stevens Kane)

December 28th, 2021


Poet, playwright, and oral historian Kelli Stevens Kane is the author of Hallelujah Science. Kane shares her process of writing and structuring her …

Writing Intergenerational Trauma Through Food Memoir (with Grace M. Cho)

December 7th, 2021


Grace M. Cho (College of Staten Island, CUNY) discusses her hybrid text Tastes Like War: A Memoir (a finalist for the National Book Award for …

Writing About Food: Somewhere Between “Theorizing and Imagining” (with Sun Yung Shin, V.V. Ganeshananthan, and Roy G. Guzmán)

November 18th, 2021


I discuss the anthology What We Hunger For: Refugee and Immigrant Stories about Food and Family and its motivations with editor Sun Yung Shin and two …

Empiricism, Collaborative Research, and Accountability (with Dr. Jelani Ince)

October 30th, 2021


Dr. Jelani Ince (University of Washington) shares thoughts on research and how he sees it as both a form of collaboration and a way to be held …

Reflections on Racialized Organizations in Society (with Dr. Victor Ray)

August 5th, 2021


Dr. Victor Ray (University of Iowa) discusses his academic work and theory of racialized organizations, the connection between empirical sociology …

Reclaiming Language, Reclaiming the Body (with Khalisa Rae)

July 13th, 2021


Poet and journalist Khalisa Rae discusses her beautiful debut poetry collection, Ghost in a Black Girl’s Throat, which examines race and racism, …

Traveling Across Concepts, Countries, and Kitchens (with Ming-Cheau Lin)

June 21st, 2021


Ming-Cheau Lin is the author of the cookbook Just Add Rice: Stories and Recipes By a Taiwanese South African and memoir Yellow and Confused: Born in Taiwan, Raised in South Africa and Trying To Make Sense of It All. We …

Beyond Carceral Imaginaries and Logics (with Dr. Tamara K. Nopper)

May 24th, 2021


Dr. Tamara K. Nopper, a sociologist, writer, editor, and data artist, discusses her scholarly work, public essays, and editing of Mariame Kaba's We …

Disordered Science (Studies) In Society (with Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein)

May 7th, 2021


Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (University of New Hampshire) discusses her experience writing her book, The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark …

Nuance as Antithetical to Binaries (with Deesha Philyaw)

April 5th, 2021


Deesha Philyaw, author of the story collection The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, discusses the simplicity of binaries and proposes nuance as an …

Narratives of Empire and Inheritance (with Asako Serizawa)

March 15th, 2021


Asako Serizawa, author of The Inheritors, and I talk about her approach in writing and ordering her story collection which spans multiple centuries. …

The Social World of the Book Review (with Dr. Phillipa Chong)

February 18th, 2021


In Inside the Critics’ Circle: Book Reviewing in Uncertain Times, author and sociologist Dr. Phillipa Chong (McMaster University) asks us to consider …

The Matter We Call Food (with Dr. Kyla Wazana Tompkins)

January 22nd, 2021


Dr. Kyla Wazana Tompkins (Pomona College) and I discuss her monograph, Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the 19th Century, and explore the ongoing …

Book Reviews as Dialogue (with Dr. Rosemary Deller)

December 17th, 2020


Dr. Rosemary Deller, book review editor for London School of Economics Review of Books, and I talk about the analytical book review, its purposes, …

Affect and Other Turns (with Dr. Ashley Barnwell)

November 19th, 2020


Dr. Ashley Barnwell (University of Melbourne) discusses her new book, Critical Affect: The Politics of Method, which I reviewed for the London School …

Abundance and Revision (with Kiese Laymon)

October 1st, 2020


I talk methods, community, and the blurring of authorial and personal selves with Kiese Laymon, author (Heavy, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America) and Professor of English and Creative Writing at the …

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