No Country: Working-Class Writing in the Age of Globalization
May 9, 2014, 2pm
CUNY Graduate Center, Room 5409
Discussant: Tracy Riley
No Country argues for a rethinking of the genre of working-class literature. Sonali Perera expands our understanding of working-class fiction by considering a range of international texts, identifying textual, political, and historical linkages often overlooked by Eurocentric and postcolonial scholarship. Her readings connect the literary radicalism of the 1930s to the feminist recovery projects of the 1970s, and the anticolonial and postcolonial fiction of the 1960s to today’s counterglobalist struggles, building a new portrait of the twentieth century’s global economy and the experiences of the working class within it.
Sonali Perera is Assistant Professor of English at Hunter College, City University of New York, where she teaches courses in postcolonial literature and theory, working-class literature, feminist theory, and globalization studies. She has published articles in Differences and PMLA.
Hosted by the CUNY GC Postcolonial Studies Group. For more information and
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