Literatures of the World Panel Q&A

Aboul-Ela, Hosam
Orsini, Francesca
Perez, Craig Santos
Lyons, Paul
Mabanglo, Ruth Elynia
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Concluding the Literatures of the World Panel, this Q&A features Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o's response to the presentations and a question from the audience. 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 Elynia Mabanglo, Craig Santos Perez
Paul Lyons, Craig Santos Perez, Hosam Aboul-Ela, Francesca Orsini, Ruth Elynia Mabanglo, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, the relationship between orature and literature, orature not on a lower rung on the ladder to literary heaven, how literature strives to be orature, literature's dependence on orality and aurality, how literature borrows from orature, orature and the strive for connection, classic orature and contemporary manifestations, "Globalectics", mythical aristocracy of languages, language and power, imperialism in the Philippines, language of power, "aristocracy of languages", "How can we expand the role of heritage language speakers?", heritage language speakers, , people power, ending Martial Law with Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines, song, chant, and poetry as protest, José Corazón de Jesús, Jose Corazon de Jesus, "Bayan Ko", , poetry as a revolutionary tactic, La Pasión de Cristo, La Pasión
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