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Monday, March 9, 2015

Talk: National Catastrophe and Palestinian Literary Aesthetics 1948-1967 by Joseph Farag

Dr. Joseph Farag presents "National Catastrophe and Palestinian Literary Aesthetics 1948-1967"

Date:   Monday March 9, 2015
Time:  3:30pm
Place:  Folwell 113

The emphasis on discourse analysis and representation in the study of modern Arabic literature has meant that the crucial element of literary aesthetics has frequently been overlooked. Taking the "Nakba" or "Catastrophe" of 1948 as a starting point, this talk will elucidate this neglected fild, emphasizing the manner in which historical and political exigencies have shaped Arabic literary aesthetics, and Palestinian writing in particular.

Dr. Joseph R. Farag is Lecturer in Middle Eastern Literary Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, where he also completed his PhD in 2013. In 2013-2014 Dr. Farag was a EUME Post- Doctoral Fellow of the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin and was affiliated with the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. Dr. Farag's background is in political science and global studies, and he holds Masters degrees in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS, University of London, and Cultural Analysis and Social Theory from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. His research centers on the intersection of history, politics, and cultural production in the Arab world with particular focus on the Palestinian context.

Joseph R. Farag is applying for the tenure-track position in South Asian Literatures and Cultures in the Department of Asian Languages & Literatures.

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