Raschke to Discuss ‘Madonnas or Purple Triangles?’ at H.O. Grauel Lecture April 15


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The H.O. Grauel Lecture will be held at 3 p.m. April 15 in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall at Southeast.


March 29, 2007 – Dr. Debrah Raschke, associate professor of English at Southeast Missouri State University, will present the H.O. Grauel Lecture at 3 p.m. April 15 in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall at Southeast.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

“Is there no guide, no shelter?” Lily Briscoe muses in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. It is a question posed, in various contexts, by many modernist writers. This obsession with a vanishing Archimedean point is one of the most prominent interpretations of modernism, but so too are the critiques of this position, which contend that modernism is all about gender. Raschke says both of these questions are intertwined.

“How we know the world is inextricable from constructions of sexuality. This synergy is what Woolf addresses in iwhen she poses the question, Madonnas or purple triangles?” Raschke said.

She recently has published a book on British modernism titled Modernism, Metaphysics, and Sexuality with the Susquehanna University Press. In addition, she has published 19 articles in areas such as modernism, contemporary literature and contemporary theory. At Southeast, Raschke teaches courses on British modernism, contemporary Anglophone literature, Victorian studies, contemporary theory, 19th and 20th-century British literature, research methods in English and mythology. She received her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, is the former president of the Doris Lessing Society and co-directed the first Doris Lessing International Conference. Her current scholarship focuses in particular on the works of Margaret Atwood and Doris Lessing.

The H.O. Grauel Lecture is sponsored by the Grauel Lecture Fund and the Department of English. For more information on this event, contact Dr. Susan Swartwout at (573) 651-2641 or sswartwout@semo.edu.