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Sunday, 09 January

680. Is the Postcolonial South Asian?

8:30–9:45 a.m., Plaza I, J. W. Marriott

Program arranged by the Division on Postcolonial Studies in Literature and Culture and the Division on English Literature Other Than British and American

Presiding: Susan Z. Andrade, Univ. of Pittsburgh

Speakers: David Damrosch, Harvard Univ.; Gaurav G. Desai, Tulane Univ.; Kwaku L. Korang, Ohio State Univ., Columbus; David C. Lloyd, Univ. of Southern California; Aamir R. Mufti, Univ. of California, Los Angeles; Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia Univ.; Ignacio Sánchez-Prado, Washington Univ. in St. Louis

This session addresses several topics having to do with multiculturalism in the American academy routinely conflated in current literary and cultural studies. How is postcolonial theory shaped by the fact that many of its leading US voices are of South Asian origin? Does this fact disproportionately influence the canonical texts of the field? What is the relation of Latin America to postcolonial studies? of postcolonial studies to comparative literature? Finally, how can we understand the influence of the subaltern studies group, historians of India, many of South Asian origin, upon the larger field of twentieth-century peasant studies in Latin America and Africa?

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