'Looking Back on Cosmopolitanism'

Simon Gikandi, Princeton University, discusses comparative literature and cosmopolitanism.

Thursday, November 02, 2006
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
314 Royce Hall
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Simon Gikandi is Professor of English at Princeton University.  He graduated with a first class degree in literature from the University of Nairobi, was a British Council Scholar at the University of Edinburgh, and received his Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University.  His major Fields of Research and Teaching are the Anglophone Literatures and Cultures of Africa, India, the Caribbean, and Postcolonial Britain, the "Black" Atlantic and the African Diaspora.  He also has a special interest in the relation between literature and the production of knowledge and the history of English as a field of study.

He is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations such as the American Council of Learned Societies, the Mellon Foundation, and the Guggenheim Fellowship  His many books include Reading the African Novel, Reading Chinua Achebe, Writing in Limbo: Modernism and Caribbean Literature, Maps of Englishness: Writing Identity in the Culture of Colonialism, and Ngugi wa Thiong'o.  He is the general editor of The Encyclopedia of African Literature and co-editor of The Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature.  He is currently completing a book on the relation between slavery and the culture of taste.

This event is part of the Department of Comparative Literature Lecture Series: "What is Comparative Literature?" II 2006-2007.  This series explores the role and place of theory in the field of Comparative Literature.  As a discipline whose academic identity in recent years has been closely associated with the intellectual currents and movements thought of as "high theory," recent pronouncements of the end of theory invite a critical reflection on the future of the field.  Of particular interest in this series will be the question of the way globalization has transformed academic conversations about both theory and world literature. 

Cost : Free; parking is available for $8.

Courtney Klipp


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