Academic journal article Chicago Review

Editorial Statement on Liliane Giraudon's Poems and Amandine Andre's Introductory Essay, Co-Translated by Jeff Nagy and Lindsay Turner

Academic journal article Chicago Review

Editorial Statement on Liliane Giraudon's Poems and Amandine Andre's Introductory Essay, Co-Translated by Jeff Nagy and Lindsay Turner

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Thank you to everyone who has written to us to express concern about our publication of poems by Liliane Giraudon and Amandine Andre's introductory essay, co-translated by Jeff Nagy and Lindsay Turner. We are listening. We share the abiding concerns about Jeff Nagy's past publications and in no way defend or deny the misogyny of his 2014 essay, written under a pseudonym and published in The Claudius App. We are replying here to share the history of the Giraudon publication in Chicago Review and on our website, and to try to explain why we made the decisions that we did.

We did not know Jeff Nagy, nor had we read his prior work, including the deleted piece he published as "Jacqueline Rigault" (and which was subsequently written about by Amy King and Lynn Melnick for VIDA's "Report from the Field" in May 2014), or that he had been one of the editors of The Claudius App referred to in the "No Manifesto" published in Chicago Review in 2015, prior to his and Turner's submission of Giraudon's work. (Jeff Nagy is not mentioned by name in the poem.) We first learned about what Nagy wrote in The Claudius App on social media on April 30, 2018.

We had signed a contract with Jeff Nagy and Lindsay Turner in February to publish their translation of Liliane Giradoun's "Albumblatt" in print and to publish a web feature that included two further poems and an introduction by Amandine Andre, which had been previously solicited as well as translated by Nagy and Turner. …

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