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.
MECO Seminar Room S226
John Woolley Building (A20)
The University of Sydney