Performance and Performative Identities in the Autobiographical Work of Mina Loy

Lecture by Dr Sasha Colby (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver)

2 February 2017

Time: Thursday, February 9th, 5-6 pm Location: PCH 1.04 (Spuistraat 134)

Three modernist women, H.D. (Hilda Doolittle, 1886-1961), Mina Loy (1882-1966), and Nancy Cunard (1896-1965), came to define the interwar avant-garde through their experimental writing and unconventional pursuits. In her new book, Staging Modernist Lives (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2017), Sasha Colby dramatizes these women’s lives and writing in three new plays that traverse the origins of modernism, Parisian literary circles, two world wars, the Spanish Civil War, and race and gender relations in the first half of the twentieth century.  In this talk, Sasha will discuss the processes of dramatizing literary and historical materials, with an emphasis on the slippery “autobiographical writing” of Anglo-American poet and visual artist, Mina Loy.

Sasha Colby is Director of Graduate Liberal Studies and Associate Professor of English at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She has lectured and performed from Staging Modernist Lives in North America, Europe, and Asia.


Time: Thursday, February 9th, 5-6 pm
Location: PCH 1.04 (Spuistraat 134)


Published by  Faculty of Humanities