Conversations in Sound on 2/26 Features Two Rhetoric Alumni


Feb 25, 2021

“A Conversation on Literary Accent” Friday 2/12 at 1PM:
Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan: from “Call Center Literature” (2021)
Julie Beth Napolin, from Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of The Fact of Resonance (2020)

Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan is Assistant Professor of English and Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory at the University of Arizona. She is editor of the special issues “From Postcolonial to World Anglophone” (Interventions, 2018) and, with J. Daniel Elam, “1990 at 30” (post45Contemporaries, 2020); she is currently editing, with Pooja Rangan, Akshya Saxena, and Pavitra Sundar, a volume on interdisciplinary accent studies, called Thinking with an Accent. Her current book project pursues the itineraries and accents of Indian English literature as ethnic, postcolonial, and Anglophone. She is also a former magazine editor and award-winning freelancer, who has contributed to over three dozen scholarly, public, and creative venues on three continents. Ragini earned a PhD in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2016.

Julie Beth Napolin is a scholar, musician, and radio producer. She is Associate Professor of Digital Humanities at The New School, and her work participates in the fields of sound studies, modernism, memory studies, digital humanities, film and media, critical race theory, gender and sexuality, narrative and novel theory, and psychoanalysis. She is particularly interested in the history of sound reproduction and its intersections with the history of the novel, art, and film and media, asking what practices of technological listening can tell us about the politics of memory and form. Her first monograph, The Fact of Resonance: Modernist Acoustics and Narrative Form (Fordham UP, 2020) was published in the IDIOM series, edited by Paul North and Jacques Lezra. The book follows the transformations of sound technology and narrative acoustics through the resonances between the work of Conrad and Frantz Fanon, Sigmund Freud, W.E.B. Du Bois, William Faulkner, and Chantal Akerman.