Grit City Think & Drink
June 11, 2019 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
The Swiss Tavern & Pub
1904 S Jefferson
Tacoma, WA



Tuesday, June 11th, 6:30 – 8:00p.m

The Swiss Restaurant & Pub, Tacoma


'Do I Contradict Myself? Very Well Then.' 'Nothing Rejected, Nothing Abandoned': Multiplicity and Intersectionality, A U.S. Poetic Tradition
Sarah Chaves, UW Tacoma

In Walt Whitman’s famous poem, “Song of Myself,” the speaker challenges the reader’s understanding of the individual by identifying himself as a “contradiction,” a body containing multiple and sometimes conflicting characteristics, stating “Very well then, I contradict myself, / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)” One hundred and thirty-two years later, poet and scholar Gloria AnzaldÚa writes in the foundational Chicanx text, Borderlands/La Frontera, “she operates in a pluralistic mode—nothing thrust out, the good, the bad, and the ugly, nothing rejected, nothing abandoned.” This talk will explore the role of diversity and multiplicity as a uniquely American literary value through discussion of these writers’ work and their relevance to 21st century U.S. identity politics.


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Grit City Think & Drink is a monthly series of talks by UW Tacoma scholars and local experts held in the comfortable, lively atmosphere of the Swiss Restaurant and Pub. All talks are free, open to the public, and open to all ages.

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