Public Knowledge: Keats's Odes: A Lover's Discourse - Camden Art Centre

with Anahid Nersessian and Stephanie LaCava

In the medieval song-form called tenso–or debate–two poets converge on a single subject, usually having to do with love and/or ethics. One voice sets out a problem; the other voice responds.

This performance is a debate, a letter, an object, and a theory. Through excerpts from their collaborative book-in-progress, LaCava and Nersessian agitate, disturb, and defy the terms of desire as an aesthetic as well as an intimate category.

Image: Marcel Duchamp, Le Bec Auer, (1968)

The Artists

The Artists

Stephanie LaCava is a writer based in New York City. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Artforum, Texte zur Kunst, the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, Vogue, and Interview. Her debut novel, The Superrationals, was published by Semiotext(e) in 2020. I Fear My Pain Interests You was published by Verso in 2022.

Anahid Nersessian is a literary critic and Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her first book, Utopia, Limited: Romanticism and Adjustment, was published by Harvard University Press in 2015, and her second, The Calamity Form: On Poetry and Social Life, by the University of Chicago Press in 2020. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, and her writing has also appeared in The Paris Review, New Left Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and n+1. She co-founded and co-edits the Thinking Literature series at the University of Chicago Press.