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On Being a Sketch: Trans/Queer Juvenilia and the Aesthetics of De-Formation

General Programming

dateFebruary 12, 2024 timeMonday, 4:00pm EST location Buell Hall, East Gallery (Maison Française), Columbia University
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Columbia Maison Française
  • Department of French
  • Institute for the Study of Sexuality and Gender
email address [email protected]
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
Scribble scrabble self portrait superimposed over a teal tinted photo of a building

Hannah Freed-Thall's talk offers a reflection on two experimental trans/queer collaborations: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore’s early illustrated volume, Vues et Visions (1919), and Tomas Cali’s short film, L’Esquisse (The Sketch, 2023). At stake in these works is an act of shared coming out—an exposure that is at once a taking shape and a coming undone.


Hannah Freed-Thall is an Associate Professor of French Literature, Thought, and Culture at New York University. Her first book, Spoiled Distinctions: Aesthetics and the Ordinary in French Modernism (Oxford University Press) was awarded the Scaglione Prize for French & Francophone Studies and the Modernist Studies Association Prize for a First Book. Her second book, Modernism at the Beach: Queer Ecologies and the Coastal Commons, appeared last year in Columbia University Press's "Modernist Latitudes" series.