Link to my Angelaki Article

Posted by Natalie Strobach on January 16, 2014
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Very excited to share this! It was such a wonderful journal to work with!

Here is my article.



“On Laughter and Other Sacrifices.” Angelaki: The Journal of the Theoretical Humanities

Posted by Natalie Strobach on June 01, 2012
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I am very excited to announce a forthcoming article in Angelaki! It will be appearing in issue 18.1, in the spring of 2013. The article “On Laughter and Other Sacrifices” comes from the sixth chapter of my dissertation Time of Death: Writing in the Wake of the Moving Image. This chapter  returns to the modern representation of death in those like Cixous and Bergvall, which seeks to restore our relationship with death by building off of the temporality of the moving image as a time of doubleness and of sacrifice. It explores the role of authorship through the biblical figure of Isaac, examining the notion of binding to argue that literature is birthed out of a curious juxtaposition of sacrifice and laughter.

I had the chance to present on earlier components of this paper at the 2012 ACLA as well as at the 20th/21st Century French conference  I will share a link to the journal when everything is printed, but until then–here is the abstract:

This paper unfolds a textual history of laughter and sacrifice through an examination of Hélène Cixous’ figure of Isaac, Caroline Bergvall’s doll-centric poetry in Goan Atom, and Hans Bellmer’s mutilated dolls. In tracing the genealogy of Isaac from Genesis to Cixous’ Déluge to Derrida’s Gift of Death, it becomes evident that the role of author as sacrificer is primal and yet always evolving. By following the trace of Isaac, the text survives its own sacrifice; by examining and contrasting Bergvall and Bellmer’s work, this paper proposes that this form of sacrificial laughter allows a text to move within and against the Enlightenment tradition of linear narrative.

I also want to share my thanks to all of the wonderful people who helped with this article–the comments from my reviewer, Sarah Wood at Kent, were invaluable. She gave me so many wonderful angles to explore! I must also thank Peggy Kamuf at USC for helping me find a journal that was such a perfect fit for this article and for believing in what was essentially a very early draft. And finally, the artist Caroline Bergvall was absolutely delightful to work with. I’ve been such an enormous fan of her work for so long and am so lucky to have had her support of this piece.

I hope you have a chance to read it! Please feel free to share your thoughts or comments. If you would like more information on Angelaki, here is a link: It’s a wonderful journal published by Routledge.

“An End to the Magic Lantern: Proust’s Reconstruction of Memory through Cinema.”

Posted by Natalie Strobach on June 01, 2012
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This piece will be the first chapter in a collection coming out by Cambria press  Cinematic Strategies in XX Century Narratives (under contract, spring 2013). The editors are Federico Sabatini and Theresa Prudente. I wont give away the entire breakdown of the book just yet, but to briefly summarize — it traces the influence of cinemagraphic technology across 20th century narrative. My article focuses on Proust’s relationship to cinema and reworks notions of Proust as pre-cinematic to instead, and more specifically, break down the different volumes of In Search of Lost Time across different stages of technological developments in cinema.

I will be sure to link to the Amazon page and post an image of the cover as soon as it is hot off the press!

In the meantime, here is a shot I took last summer of Proust’s bedroom (actual furniture!) in Paris at the Musée Carnavalet…