Symposium On Global English Will Bring Noted Writers And Theorists
30, 2001 -- "Globalizing English," a literature
symposium to be held Feb. 23 and 24 at the University of Virginia,
will feature readings by internationally recognized writers and
panels by leading critical theorists. The program aims to assess
what it means to writers and readers from many different cultures
and languages to share imaginative worlds through one language -
jointly by U.Va.s Center for South Asian Studies and Department
of English, the symposium will be held in Minor Hall auditorium
and is free and open to the public.
K. Bhabha, professor of humanities at the University of Chicago
and one of the countrys best known literary theorists will
give a keynote address at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. The author of
"The Culture of Location" and other books, he will present
a talk titled "The Right to Narrate" that will look at
the concept of cultural translation.
3:30 p.m. Friday, a panel on "Crossing Borders" will include
presentations by Carol Maier, professor of Spanish translation at
Kent State University who has translated widely; and Vinay Dharwadker,
associate professor of English at the University of Oklahoma and
editor of "Cosmopolitan Geographies: New Locations in Literature
and Culture" and "The Oxford Anthology of Modern Indian
Saturday, Feb. 24, the program features:
a.m. readings by poets Agha Shaid Ali, whose volumes include
"The Country Without a Post Office" and "The Beloved
Witness: Selected Poems"; and Nuali Ni Dhomhnaill, whose most
recent book is "The Water Horse."
a panel titled "Re-Placing English" with presentations
by Rob Nixon, professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
whose books include "Homelands, Harlem, and Hollywood";
and David Damrosch, professor of English and comparative literature
at Columbia University who is general editor of the "Longman
Anthology of British Literature."
p.m. readings by Ngugi wa-Thiongo, professor of literature
at New York University whose many plays, fiction works and essays
have been translated into more than 30 languages; and Lan Samantha
Chang, author of "Hunger: A Novella and Stories."
Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856