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“Valerie Solanas” by Breanne Fahs in conversation with Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz
Monday, May 19, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz and Breanne Fahs talk about their writings on radical women. This event will feature Breanne Fahs’ “Valerie Solanas: The Defiant Life of the Woman who Wrote SCUM (and Shot Andy Warhol)” by Breanne Fahs, Feminist Press, 2014. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s 2001 memoir, “Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975,” is out in a new and revised edition from University of Oklahoma Press. Both books will be available for sale at the event.
Too drastic, too crazy, too “out there,” too early, too late, too damaged, too much: Valerie Solanas has been dismissed but never forgotten. She has become, unwittingly, a figurehead for women’s unexpressed rage, and stands at the center of many worlds. She inhabited Andy Warhol’s Factory scene, circulated among feminists and the countercultural underground, charged men money for conversation, despised “daddy’s girls,” and outlined a vision for radical gender dystopia. Known for shooting Andy Warhol in 1968 and for writing the polemical diatribe SCUM Manifesto, Solanas is one of the most famous women of her era. SCUM Manifesto which predicted ATMs, test-tube babies, the Internet, and artificial insemination long before they existed has sold more copies, and has been translated into more languages, than nearly all other feminist texts of its time.
Shockingly little work has interrogated Solanas’s life. This book is the first biography about Solanas, including original interviews with family, friends (and enemies), and numerous living Warhol associates. It reveals surprising details about her life: the children nearly no one knew she had, her drive for control over her own writing and copyright, and her elusive personal and professional relationships. Valerie Solanas addresses how this era changed the world and depicts an iconic figure whose life is at once tragic and remarkable.
Breanne Fahs is an associate professor of women and gender studies at Arizona State University, a practicing clinical psychologist, and the author of three books–Performing Sex, Valerie Solanas, and The Moral Panics of Sexuality–and dozens of articles on women’s sexuality, critical embodiment studies, radical feminism, and political activism. Website: http://www.breannefahs.com
Outlaw Woman, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, University of Oklahoma Press, 2014
This is a new and revised edition of the 2001 book published by City Lights Press. Jennifer Baumgardner contributed an introduction. The late Howard Zinn wrote: “Outlaw Woman is the story, bold and honest, of Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s extraordinary journey, political, ideological,and personal through the sixties and early seventies, in and out of every important feminist and revolutionary movement of that remarkable time in American history. She illuminates all those experiences with unsparing scrutiny and emerges with a fierce, admirable independence.” The memoir is the second of a memoir trilogy, preceded by Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie and Blood on the Border: Memoir of the Contra War.
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, child of landless farmers. As a veteran of the Sixties revolution, she has been involved in movements against the Vietnam War and imperialism, union organizing, and was one of the founders of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the late 1960s. Since 1973, she has worked with Indigenous communities for sovereignty and land rights and helped build the international Indigenous movement. A historian, writer, and professor emeritus in Native American Studies at California State University, she is author of many Indigenous related books and articles, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico and The Great Sioux Nation.
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