Having dazzled readers with turns through pre-revolutionary Cuba in Telex from Cuba, Italy and 1970s New York in The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner’s exceptional literary streak continued last year with The Mars Room, a reckoning of incarceration and inequality in the United States. The Mars Room is heartbreaking, funny and essential reading from one of America’s finest writers. The University of Sydney warmly welcomes Rachel for a conversation with feminist queer studies scholar and novelist Professor Annamarie Jagose.  

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Rachel Kushner (International)

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Rachel Kushner’s debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award, a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book. Her follow-up novel, The Flamethrowers, was also a finalist for the National Book Award. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Paris Review. She is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2016 Harold D. Vursell Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her latest novel, The Mars Room, was a finalist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize.

Annamarie Jagose (Australian)

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Annamarie Jagose is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. She is internationally known as a scholar in feminist, lesbian/gay and queer studies. She is the author of four scholarly monographs, most recently Orgasmology, a critical consideration of orgasm across the long twentieth century. Annamarie is also an award-winning novelist. Her last novel, Slow Water, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and won the Deutz Medal for Fiction at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards and the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.