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Claire Raymond

Claire Raymond

Bio: With family roots in Georgia (USA) I grew up in Georgia, North Carolina, and overseas. At Yale University I earned a degree in Philosophy, focusing on continental philosophy. Several years later I got an MFA in poetry. Under the name Claire Millikin, I am the author of several collections of poetry, including After Houses (2Leaf Press), and Motels Where We Lived (Unicorn Press). After Houses and Motels Where We Lived address the issue of homelessness, sounding out the space of the dispossessed in America. I am also the author of the chapbook, The Gleaners (Tigers Eye Press). My fourth full length collection of poems, Television, from Unicorn Press, is scheduled for publication in 2016. Also in 2016 2Leaf Press is bringing out my book of poems titled Tartessos and Other Cities. I have lived in rural Maine and in New York City, where I earned my doctorate in English literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In New York City, I worked as a writer for Herve Descottes’ lighting design firm, l’Observatoire International. I am the author of a book on the feminine self-elegy, The Posthumous Voice in Women’s Writing, and a book on the American photographer Francesca Woodman, Francesca Woodman and the Kantian Sublime that interprets Woodman’s uncanny formalism. Writing on feminist theory and its intersection with aesthetic theory and structures of looking, my essay on the structuralist critic Roland Barthes and Cuban American artist Ana Mendieta, Roland Barthes, Ana Mendieta and the Orphaned Image interrogates the invsibility of the photographic object. My book on American photographer Carrie Mae Weems, and Southern literature, called Witnessing Sadism in Texts of the American South, came out in spring of 2014. Other projects also underway include another book on Francesca Woodman, looking at her photography in relation to Blanchot; this book is titled Francesca Woodman’s Dark Gaze, and is scheduled for publication in March of 2016. I am working on essays about ghosts and photography, developing from courses I have taught for UVa on photography theory and the social figure of the ghost. I teach, as a Lecturer, at the University of Virginia, teaching courses on theory of photography, aesthetic theory, culture of the image, feminist theory, and theories of cultural trauma and haunting. I have longstanding scholarly interest in questions of female trauma, and its aestheticization, a thread that unites my scholarly work. I have a young son, who is a Scrabble hound. I am an avid and even obsessive long-distance runner, and consequently spend a great deal of time on the streets and trails of Charlottesville.

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