Centre for The Book Seminar Series
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Intimate Economies: Postsecret, Materiality, and the Affect of ConfessionDr Anna Poletti
In 2004, Frank Warren began an art project known as “PostSecret”, which invited people to write a secret which “is true and you have never shared” on a postcard and mail it to him. Participants were encouraged to “let the postcard be your canvas”, and were invited to “see a secret” by visiting the project website. Beginning with a batch of 3,000 custom made cards, five years later, Warren continues to receive handmade postcards to the mailing address. He has amassed a collection of over 150,000 cards and has produced five hardcover books showcasing secrets he has received. The project also continues to have a strong online presence, with Warren regularly updating the project blog with scans of recently received cards, developing a Facebook presence for the project, and launching the “PostSecret Community” website where people can share secrets by uploading videos.
Anna Poletti recently took up a Lectureship in English in the School of English, Communications & Performance Studies at Monash University and is a member of the Centre for the Book. She has an ongoing research interest in the role of affect and materiality in the circulation of autobiographical narratives. Her work theorises the increasing movement of narratives of self across mediums – from the handmade to the digital and the professionally published – drawing on feminist literary theory and autobiography theory. Anna’s book Intimate Ephemera: Reading Young Lives in Australian Zine Culture was published by Melbourne University Press in 2008.
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Dr Shef Rogers (Uni of Otago, NZ)
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