Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 710 Social Sciences,West Bank
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.
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