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A Tale of Two Cities: The Scales of Literary History and the Ends of Comparison

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This talk will use Niqula al-Haddad’s 1910 Arabic translation of American author Ignatius Donnelly’s 1890 speculative dystopia Caesar’s Column: a Tale of the Twentieth Century to explore different ways of thinking about the objects and ends of comparative method in relation to the literary archive. I’m especially interested in how scalar inquiry allows the reader to gather the incommensurable geographies and temporalities of (post)colonial historiography into flexible and productive relationships between people, texts and social movements that unsettle dominant liberal/national paradigms of history-making.

samah selim flyer
Roy G. Cullen, Room 202
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