Queer Procreation: Reading Kleist Plantwise

Date: April 1st, 2019
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Speaker: Katrin Pahl
(John Hopkins, Associate Prof. of German Studies, co-editor of MLN; gender, philosophy, psychoanalysis)
Location: East Pyne 205

“At the intersection of two fields of inquiry that are highly imaginative and seek real change—the study of human-plant relations and the even less charted study of queer procreation—this talk explores queer ways of procreating that humans may learn from plants. It will focus, in particular, on grafting as a vegetative union and form of procreation that is not rooted in sexual difference and that creates collective lifeforms based on dividuality rather than individuality. Analyzing Heinrich von Kleist’s Penthesilea, I argue that Kleist’s Amazons are grafted creatures with an ongoing desire to form new grafts.”