From Daughters of the Red Land to Lily in the Snow
Friday, March 8
7.00- 9.00pm @ SFU Harbour Centre, Room 7000
This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. RSVP click here
Yan Li is one of the few female diasporic Chinese writers in North America who have published award-winning novels in the English language. She was a worker, peasant, soldier and housemaid before coming to Canada for graduate studies at the age of 32. She is the author of Lily in the Snow (Canadian Scholars/Women's Press, Toronto, 2010), Married to the West Wind (Mirror Books, Hong Kong, 1998 and Arts and LIterature Press, Beijing, 2000), andDaughters of the Red Land (Sister Vision Press, Toronto, 1995). She has received numerous awards, including Women of the Year in Art/History/Literature, Waterloo, Ontario (1996), and was a finalist for Books in Canada's First Novel Award (1996). Madame Li is an Adjunct Associate Professor and Director of the Confucius Institue at the University of Waterloo.
Translating a Flawed Masterpiece of Arabic Literature: The Epistle of Forgiveness (Risalat al-Ghufran) by al-Ma'arri (d. 1057)
Thursday, March 14
7.00 - 9.00pm @ SFU Surrey campus, room 3310
This event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Geert Jan van Gelder is Laudian Professor of Arabic in the University of Oxford and Fellow of St John’s College. His research interests include: classical Arabic literature, especially belles-lettres, poetry, poetics, rhetoric, and stylistics, literary criticism, and the history of literary genres. His publications include: Of Dishes and Discourse: Classic Arabic Literary Representations of Food (Routledge, 1999), Close Relationships: Incest and Inbreeding in Classical Arabic Literature ( I.B. Tauris, 2005). His latest book, Classical Arabic Literature: A Library of Arabic Literature Anthology; is scheduled to appear in December with New York University Press.
Talk co-sponsored with the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures.
World Literature and Its Others - A Roundtable Discussion
Friday, May 10
7.00 - 9.00pm @ SFU Harbour Centre, room 2270
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP at http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/140096403
The World Literature Program warmly invites you to attend this event bringing together some of the most innovative thinkers in world literature.
World literature is often defined by what it is not – not a canon, not national literature, not postcolonial studies, not Great Books, not comparative literature. Some would say that despite this effort to peel away unhelpful accretions, world literature remains stuck in a conceptual bind: seeking to overcome Eurocentrism, it remains a delivery system for Euro-North American ideologies; striving to celebrate difference, it dissolves distinctiveness; and straining to escape commodification, it melts into the “airport novel” market. This roundtable will bring together five specialists in literatures of the world and world literature to examine the possibility and potential for a genuine world literature.
- Ken Seigneurie, Associate Professor and Director, Program in World Literature, Simon Fraser University, Surrey (Moderator)
- Susan Andrade, Associate Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh
- Satya P. Mohanty, Professor of English, Cornell University
- Wen-Chin Ouyang, Reader in Arabic Literature, Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East at SOAS, University of London
- Daniel L. Selden, Professor of Literature, University of California Santa Cruz, and Director, Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center
- Qian Suoqiao, Associate Professor at City University of Hong Kong and, as of fall 2013, Professor (Chair) of Chinese Studies, and Director of the Confucius Institute at Newcastle University, UK