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Ali Shapiro's erasures in Tupelo Quarterly, MQR Mixtape

Image of an erasure, an artwork that preserves some words of a source text while adding images, color, and drawings to create a new piece

Stamps Writing Program Lecturer Ali Shapiro’s erasures have recently appeared in the digital journals Tupelo Quarterly and MQR Mixtape. In her project statement, Shapiro writes:

These erasures are from a series exploring the affordances and limitations of using non-human animals as a lens to understand human behavior, identity and relationships; the source texts are part of the midcentury discourse surrounding comparative psychology and radical behaviorism. This discourse, while dated, contains some of my favorite tensions: between pain and pleasure, reward and punishment, thinking and feeling, instinct and control. By erasing these texts, I aim to excavate their softer, sexier side — to reveal the messy essences still lurking beneath the hard science” that claims to simplify our deepest drives and desires.

Visit the Tupelo Quarterly and MQR Mixtape websites to view Shapiro’s work.