We are delighted to welcome Dr Ksenija Kondali, assistant professor at the University of Sarajevo (Faculty of Philosophy) for an Erasmus+ teaching visit on March 16th, 2018. She will give an interactive seminar on Fictionalizing Transatlantic Slavery: A Comparative Study.
When? Friday March 16th, 15.00 – 17.00
Where? PAG02 (Portacabin)
Building on the theorizations of the Black Atlantic paradigm developed by Paul Gilroy (1993) and its “re-membering” by Lars Eckstein (2006), and other theoretical foundations, this presentation investigates the re-inscription of transatlantic slavery in selected literary texts from a comparative perspective. More specifically, it addresses the recuperation of disregarded voices from the Middle Passage and the transatlantic linkage of black identities. These voices are heard in the novel A Mercy (2008) by the African-American author Toni Morrison, the British-Guyanese author Fred D’Aguiar’s The Longest Memory (1994), and The Book of Negroes (2007) by Lawrence Hill, a Canadian author of US-immigrant parentage. Comparing particular features of “traumatic pasts, literary afterlives” (Erll 2011) and embedded traumatic memories represented in these texts, this talk focuses on the different representations of memory in the novels, set in various historical, geographical and cultural landscapes.
Ksenija Kondali is an assistant professor and teaches courses on US history, literary theory, British and American literature and culture at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo. She completed her BA and MA at the University of Sarajevo, and defended her doctoral dissertation in English at the University of Zagreb (Croatia). Dr Kondali has presented her papers at over twenty regional and international conferences and published papers about American, British, Irish, and postcolonial authors.
In 2016, she co-edited a volume entitled Critical and Comparative Perspectives on American Studies (published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing), and last year she published her monograph Intersecting Paradigms, about history, memory, and space in contemporary American women’s writing.
All welcome – no need to register.
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