• Reading Group: The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction

  • Sun, 19-01-2020 at 14:00
  • The Anatomy Rooms
    The Anatomy Rooms
    AB10 1AN Aberdeen
Reading Group: The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction - The Anatomy Rooms - Aberdeen

As part of the exhibition ‘States of Living: Architecture, Objects, Body' please join us for a reading and discussion of feminist and speculative fiction writer Ursula Le Guin’s ‘The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction’ (1986).Le Guin presents the theory that the first tool used by humans was a carrier bag for food rather than a weapon and draws connections between the story of origins and the writing of fiction. Contrary to stories of the hero in battle the novel is a feminine form, because it opposes this notion, maintaining that ‘the natural, proper, fitting shape of the novel might be that of a sack, a bag...holding things in particular, powerful relation to one another and to us.’ The session takes an open approach to collectively exploring the power of story telling for imaginary world – building, and is supported by curator Rachel Grant and artist Alexandra McGregor. Places are free, please use the link to register your interest. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/88487992969 Refreshments provided. The reading group is part of a series of events as part of ‘States of living: Architecture, Objects, Body’, a curatorial project facilitated by Rachel Grant, with visual artist Alexandra McGregor, and writers/performance artists Hanna Gia Louise and Mae Diansangu. This project has been made possible through Creative funding from Aberdeen city council.Ursula Le GuinUrsula Krober Le Guin (1929-2018) was a celebrated American author of tenty – one novels, eleven volume of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve children’s books, six volumes of poetry and four of translation. Le Guin’s first major work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness, is considered groundbreaking for its radical investigation of gender roles and its moral and literary complexity. Her novels The Dispossessed and Always Coming Home redefined the scope and style of utopian fiction. She received many awards during her lifetime including Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, and the National Book Foundation Medal. ‘The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction’ (1986) is from the book “Dancing at the Edge of the World” (Grove Press, 1989).The text can be download using this link: https://www.fertileground.info/blog Image credit: Alexandra McGregor