5/9/14, 2-4pm! Sonali Perera No Country: Working-Class Writing in the Age of Globalization

Sonali Perera
No Country: Working-Class Writing in the Age of Globalization
May 9, 2014, 2pm
CUNY Graduate Center, Room 5409
Discussant: Tracy Riley

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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
copies of pre-circulated readings, please email Tracy Riley at triley@gc.cuny.edu.


Please join us for a conversation between transnational American Studies and Postcolonial Studies with Eric Lott, Kandice Chuh, Peter Hitchcock, Duncan Faherty, and Meena Alexander! I’ve attached the flier so please circulate widely.
FRIDAY, FEB 28, 2014
4:00 PM, GC RM 4406
Over the last decade, scholars have re-imagined the interdisciplinary field of American
studies through the frameworks of transnationalism, globalization, and diaspora,
bringing to the field’s center questions of racialization, difference, and neoliberal
empire. This shift does the important work of “decolonizing” American studies itself
— and indeed those literatures and cultures with which it is concerned — and of
challenging postcolonial studies, which has long utilized transnational perspectives, to
assess the relevance and efficacy of its methodologies.
Please join us for a conversation about these fields’ convergences and disagreements,
moderated by students and featuring members of the Graduate Center’s English and
American studies faculties. This event is organized by the Postcolonial Studies Group
and hosted by the PhD Program in English as part of its Friday Forum series.