W.J.T. Mitchell discusses Mental Traveler. He will be joined in conversation with Lauren Berlant. Their conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A and a poetry reading and performance by flutist Janice Misurell-Mitchell. The conversation will be preceded by the pilot for a film by Carmen Mitchell about Gabriel Mitchell's life.
About the book: This is a father's memoir of his son's twenty year struggle with schizophrenia. It tells the story of Gabriel Mitchell's ambition to transform schizophrenia from a death sentence into a learning experience, and, by way of cinema, to show madness both from inside and outside as a critical perspective rather than a fatal affliction.
About the author: W. J. T. Mitchell is the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago, and the senior editor of Critical Inquiry. His books include Iconology, Picture Theory, and Seeing Through Race.
About the interlocutor: Lauren Berlant is the George M. Pullman Professor of English at the University of Chicago. Berlant is the author or editor of eight books, including Cruel Optimism and The Female Complaint: The Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture, as well as their most recent book, The Hundreds (with Kathleen Stewart).
Find the book at the Seminary Co-op Bookstores: https://www.semcoop.com/mental-traveler-father-son-and-journey-through-schizophrenia