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Public Talk: A New Orientalism

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One of the legacies of postcolonial criticism is the proposition that modern literature itself was complicit in the processes of European colonization of the world, that literature and literary education are a "mask of conquest." This talk will use that insight to explore the representation of an Islamic or Arab subject in three texts from the first decade of the 21st century. These are Michel Houellebecq's novel Soumission (Submission), Orhan Pamuk's novel Snow, and Michael Haneke's film Caché (Hidden). The underlying question here is about the relationship between vernacular literature and modernity, or a claim to modernity. The talk will conclude with some thoughts on the representation of an Islamic Other in the founding text of literary modernity, Cervantes's Don Quixote.

Public talk by John Beverley (University of Pittsburgh), as part of the newly created staff exchange between Birkbeck's Iberian and Latin American Studies scholars and colleagues in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh.

This event is part of Birkbeck Arts Week 2017 - see the full programme here.

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