Vigorous Pessimism and the Reproductive Future, an Interview with Julia

This spring, Julia met with Miriam Felton-Dansky—a friend and also a theater critic and contemporary performance scholar—to discuss Minor Theater, her new adaptation of Racine’s Phèdre (1677), the operation of “vigorous pessimism” in her artistic and scholarly work, and the concept and reality of reproductive futurism. In the case of this last topic, the conversation was quite literal: in keeping with Julia’s artistic fascination with the emotional and physical landscape of the female experience (and in deference to practicalities) Miriam and Julia brought their babies to the conversation. Interjections and contributions by Julia’s daughter Jane, and Miriam’s son Pete, are included here as a reflection of the relationship, moment to moment, between intellectual and artistic life and the postpartum experience. 

Read the interview at ASAP Journal