527. Democracy, Language, and Literature
Thursday, 7 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Metropolitan A, Sheraton
A linked session arranged in conjunction with The Presidential Forum: Language, Literature, Learning
Presiding: Gaurav G. Desai, Tulane Univ.
1. "Citizen Journalism in Iran," Negar Mottahedeh, Duke Univ.
2. "Chronicles of States Foreclosed: Writing and the Claims of Nationhood," Ana María Dopico, New York Univ.
3. "Jianghu (Rivers and Lakes) Online: A Contemporary Reincarnation of Outlaws of the Marsh," Hui Faye Xiao, Univ. of Kansas
Arguments in defense of the humanities and literary study in particular often assert a profound connection to democracy and citizenship. Does this claim regarding the civic value of literature hold in a comparative and global framework? Does democracy require a literary literacy? Presentations on Iran, Cuba, and China explore issues of literary culture, protest movements, democracy, and new technologies.
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