Graduate Student Work-in-Progress: “Global Fictions, Religious Violence, and Secularism’s Antinomies of Value”
Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Clark Hall Room 206
For several contemporary novelists, secularism and globalization collide in a way that recasts sociopolitical debates as questions of aesthetic value. By configuring religious practices as models for aesthetic perception, transnational writers such as Salman Rushdie, Mohsin Hamid, and Nadine Gordimer transform contemporary anxieties about religious violence by highlighting art’s vulnerability to the violence of markets and states. Ray Horton, a graduate student in the Department of English, examines how many of today’s most prominent global fictions thus encourage readers to ask how the projects of secularism and globalism are intertwined, and they do so by reaffirming the capacity for art to forge new modes of attention.
Pre-lecture reception begins at 4:15 p.m. in Clark 206.
Sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.