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South Asia Seminar with Aamir Mufti

Date: 03/03/2010

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: 710 Social Sciences,West Bank

Cost: Free


Talk title: Orientalism and the Institution of World Literatures

This paper argues that in order to comprehend the structure of literary relations that is now a planet-wide reality - world literature - we have to grasp the role that philological Orientalism played in producing and establishing a method and a system for classifying and evaluating diverse forms of textuality from around the world, now all processed and codified uniformly as "literature." It is an attempt to explore the profound consequences of these new structures of knowledge for language, literature and culture in the Indian subcontinent in the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. To be more precise, it is concerned with the significance of Orientalism for the emergence of a nationalized culture in this colonized society and therefore for conflicts over majority and minority, the indigenous and the alien.

About the speaker:

Aamir Mufti is an Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at UCLA.


  • Name: Consortium for the Study of the Asias
  • E-mail: asias@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: Study of the Asias, Asian Languages & Literatures



Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Consortium for the Study of the Asias at asias@umn.edu or 612-625-6103.

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