This session of Waterloo Women's Wednesdays features talks by two faculty members whose research explores women's use of writing machines and bilingualism in narratives to navigate against invisibility and marginality.
Lai-Tze Fan will uncover how writing machines (typewriters, word processors, and computers) have been associated with women's invisible labour since the late 19th C and will briefly discuss how women have since used them as communication tools to empower themselves through creative output, community building, and critical intervention.
Nicole Nolette will talk about women in Franco-Ontarian literature and their often invisible use of French and English. She will focus on a seminal work of Franco-Ontarian literature, the bilingual poetic narrative L’Homme invisible/The Invisible Man by Patrice Desbiens.
This event is sponsored by the Department of French Studies and the Dean of Arts.
W3 (Waterloo Women's Wednesdays) is a monthly gathering of women and non-binary grad students, post-docs, staff, and faculty that (usually) meets on the last Wednesday of each month. W3 events are sponsored by the Faculty Association and Staff Association and coordinated by a committee of faculty, staff, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate students. Get the full line-up of 2020 events here.
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