Literatures of the World--Panelist Hosam Aboul-Ela Presents

Aboul-Ela, Hosam
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Hosam Aboul-Ela presents his paper, "What World Literature Is Not," on the Literatures of the World panel for the Words in the World Symposium. Literatures of the World: This panel engages from different locations the question of the pedagogical limits of the concept of World Literature, both in terms of classroom practice and theoretical understandings of literary traditions across the world. It asks as well: How might the phrase "literatures of the world" (rather than the pluralizing phrase "world literatures") work toward notions of literary commons? On what terms would such commons be envisioned as most productively countering the globalizing logics and poetics that have driven "world literature"? Moderator: Paul Lyons Panelists: Hosam Aboul-Ela, Francesca Orsini, Ruth Mabanglo, Craig Santos Perez
Hosam Aboul-Ela, "What World Literature Is Not", David Damrosch, "What Is World Literature?", U.S. invasion of Iraq, American imperialism, Anthony Shadid, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Voices of Arab Culture: Arts from Ancient, Diverse World Stir Interest in the West", Jonathan Curiel, Naguib Mahfouz, "the best time to be an Arab", U.S. perceptions of the Middle East, stereotypes of the Middle East, United States imperialism, structures and idiosyncrasies, American notions of "multiculturalism" and complicity with imperialism, Michael Hart, Antonio Negri, David Harvey, Melani McAlister, Mahmood Mamdani, American acts of aggression on foreign soil, understanding oppression and resistance, Arabs, Muslims, cultures of dissidence and resistance, "Good Muslim, Bad Muslim", "Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror", "culture talk", culture as resistance, Bernard Lewis, Samuel Huntington, resistance to imperialism, positive historicism, orientalism culture talk, Edward Said, "The History of the Maghrib: An Interpretive Essay", Abdallah Laroui, Moroccan thinker Abdallah Laroui, "no idea producing area", S. Shankar, vernacular postcolonialism, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Gayatri Spivak, cultural prejudices, the problem of translation, the labor of translation, ethics of the rupture
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