English Seminar: Global Others, Global Selves – School of Literature, Art and Media English Seminar: Global Others, Global Selves – School of Literature, Art and Media

English Seminar: Global Others, Global Selves

Anna Guttman, Lakehead University, Ontario

Global Others, Global Selves: Jewish-Muslim intimacy in the literature of Ayad Akhtar

While Ayad Akhtar, a Muslim-American writer of Pakistani descent, is best known for his critical examination of the place and identity of the American Muslim in the post-9/11world, I argue that Jewish-Muslim intimacy is the key to Akhtar’s identity politics. Many of the discourses that his characters negotiate – such as nationalism and cosmopolitanism – impact and implicate Muslims and Jews alike, often in strikingly parallel and interconnected ways. Furthermore, both are central to contemporary popular and theoretical constructions of globalization. Akhtar challenges the assumptions of critics and audiences alike, at a time when both increasing nationalism and globalization are urgent issues.

Venue
MECO Seminar Room S226
John Woolley Building (A20)
The University of Sydney
Camperdown NSW

Date

Nov 06 2019
Expired!

Time

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Location

John Woolley Building (A20)
University of Sydney NSW 2006

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