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Before ‘Global Modernisms’


Jan 29 2018


11:45 am - 1:15 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Before 'Global Modernisms'

Before ‘Global Modernisms’

Renaissance, Reform & Rewriting in the Global South

Within the wide-ranging debates about “global modernisms,” relatively little attention has been paid to the projects of cultural renewal and social reform that underwrote nationalist movements and literary modernity in a great variety of sites around the globe. This talk will reconsider the significance of these “renaissance” and reform movements, and in particular, the roles of language reform and indirect translation, for our historical understanding of global literary modernity. The talk will be followed by a Q&A discussion on her work with Nancy Armstrong and Shai Ginsburg.

A light lunch will be served. Co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES), the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.


Lital Levy

Princeton University

Lital Levy is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar of Comparative Literature, Jewish Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. Her research is concentrated in three areas: the culture of Israel/Palestine, the historical and contemporary experiences of Middle Eastern Jewish (Sephardi, Mizrahi, and Arab Jewish)…...

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Nancy Armstrong

Duke University

Nancy Armstrong has served as editor of the journal Novel: A Forum on Fiction since 1996 and serves as co-organizer of The Novel Project at Duke, a faculty research seminar. Her scholarship explains how novels imagine a world that can be inhabited (or not) in specific ways by historically and…...

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Shai Ginsburg

Duke University

Shai Ginsburg is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. His teaching and scholarship address Hebrew Literature, Israeli Cinema, Jewish Cinema, Critical Theory, Film Theory, and Nationalism. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and two books....

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