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Date: Dec 04, 2019 Time: 18:15 - 19:45 ( Wednesday )

Rebecca Walkowitz: On Not Knowing: Lahiri, Tawada, Ishiguro


In this lecture, Walkowitz shows how new works of world literature are testing and altering what it means to “know” a language and what it means to write in a single or distinct language at all. "On Not Knowing" tracks the emergence of authors who are choosing to write in second or third languages “ignorantly,” non-fluently, or imperfectly. Walkowitz argues that writers such as Jhumpa Lahiri, Yoko Tawada, and Kazuo Ishiguro are breaking with generations of postcolonial and migrant writers who called for expanding and mastering dominant languages. Instead, Lahiri and others write imperfectly and inexpressively on purpose, creating works that resist the monolingual containers of literary history and point towards new models of multilingualism, and even postlingualism. In an era of global languages, these writers suggest, literary cosmopolitanism requires new strategies of provincialism.

Target audience: Studenten, Professoren, Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter
Location: Hauptgebäude, Regina-Pacis-Weg 5
Room: 1.004 (Übungsraum A); Institut für Anglistik
Event host: GRK 2291 Gegenwart/Literatur
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