FAH-DENG Guest Lecture: “Challenges of Studying the Contemporary: The Case of Postcolonial Literature” by Prof. Sandra Heinen, University of Wuppertal, Germany


Date:

2 Mar 2016

Venue:

E21-G037

Description:

Abstract:

Over the last decades, contemporary literature has become a favoured field of research in literary studies at German universities and elsewhere. Its particular attraction lies, among other things, in its immediate relevance for us as readers. Contemporary literature addresses the world we live in. Studying the contemporary also brings with it the promise of intuitive accessibility and an understanding that is unhindered by historical distance and difference. This talk will question this intuition from a theoretical vantage point and illustrate the potential challenges that the study of contemporary literature might pose with regard to postcolonial literatures.

Biography:

Sandra Heinen is professor of English Literature and Media Studies at the University of Wuppertal (Germany). She received a Master’s degree (in English, German and Comparative Literature) and her PhD (in English, for a thesis on strategic author conceptions in the Romantic Period) from the University of Gießen. In 2011 she completed her habilitation at the University of Frankfurt, with a thesis on contemporary Indian English Literature. Her research interests include Intercultural Literatures, English Romanticism, Media Studies and Narrative Theory. She is a member of the Wuppertal Centre for Narrative Research and one of the editors of the interdisciplinary online journal DIEGESIS, which specializes on narrative research.

Audience:

All are welcome

Language:

English

Enquiry:

FAH - Department of English
Email: fah.english@um.edu.mo
Tel: 88224063 / 88228201