Literature Works-in-Progress Series presents:
Prof. Gretchen Head: “Resistance to Loss through the Preservation of Form: Arabic Literary Practice in the 20th Century.”
How might we read modern Arabic literature beyond the reigning opposition of tradition vs. modernity? This talk will suggest a different way to interpret the modern Arabic literary text, as something rooted in its own textual tradition and embodied mode of reading. Here literary form becomes an act of resistance in the 20th century, a way not only to maintain a pre-colonial identity in the face of foreign occupation but to record the collective suffering of the violence of the colonial encounter.
Wednesday 15/2, noon, Saga Common Lounge (RC1-02-11)
Lunch will be served.