Office Hours: C. Francis Fisher teaches Joyce Mansour's In the Glittering Maw

May 30th
445 Gold St.
Downtown Brooklyn (City Point BKLYN)
One of the most important female Surrealist writers, Joyce Mansour (1928–1986) was born in England to Syrian-Jewish parents. Soon after her birth, the family moved to Cairo, where Mansour lived until she was forced to emigrate. She settled in Paris in 1953, where she continued writing and became a key member of the postwar Surrealist milieu. Mansour published sixteen books of poetry in her lifetime as well as prose and theater pieces. She died of cancer in Paris in 1986. This collection of poems focuses on her later work which charts constellations of desire, femininity, and dream. In our conversation, we will focus on women in surrealism, what the movement means today, and questions of translation.

In the Glittering Maw: Selected Poems

Mansour’s late poems chart constellations of desire, femininity, and dream. Considered by Andre Bréton to be the preeminent Surrealist of the post-war period, Mansour brings this masculine movement into a feminine realm never-before-imagined. She insists on a forgotten or perhaps vehemently denied eventuality of women’s equality: their ability to do harm, to be violent: “Why tear fire from the impalpable sky / When it already grows and smolders in me / Why throw your glove into the crowd / Tomorrow is a livid stump.” In the Glittering Maw is poet C. Francis Fisher’s first published translation and includes a preface by eminent Surrealism scholar Mary Ann Caws.


This event is part of McNally Jackson's single-session seminar program, Office Hours, where we invite authors and scholars to lecture on their work. These intimate seminars are capped at 15 people to facilitate deep discussion. If cost is a prohibiting factor, please email Books are available for ship out or pick up before of the event to give attendees ample reading time ahead of the seminar. We encourage folks to arrive prepared to listen, discuss, and socialize!

C. Francis Fisher received her MFA in poetry from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The Yale Review, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. Her poem, "Self-Portrait at 25" was selected for the 2021 Academy of American Poets Prize. She has been supported by fellowships from Brooklyn Poets and the Vermont Studio Center. She curates Colloquy, an event series that provides a forum for translators to engage with live audiences in an exploration of the art of translation. In the Glittering Maw is her first book of translations.
(Ticket price includes the copy of the book and shipping, if applicable)
SKU: 9781954218215seminar
On Hand: 10
Price: $35.00