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Sustainable Rural Community Development 
The Contemporary Novel
21 Mar - 28 Mar, 1998
 Rise of Industrial East Asia and Its Implications for the Developing World

Faculty:
Alberta Arthurs (Co-Chair) - Former Director, Arts and Humanities, The Rockefeller Foundation, New York
Kwame Anthony Appiah  
Homero Aridjis - Author; President, International PEN, Mexico
André Brink  
Aaron Latham - Author; Screenwriter, New York
Richard Lewis - Professor Emeritus of English and American Studies, Yale University
Shyam Selvadurai  
Per Wästberg - Author; Vice President, International PEN, Stockholm

Abstract:
The novel has been described as the most effective agent of the moral imagination, a literary genre that allows the novelist not only to represent, but also to criticize and question life in society. An art form that has by turns been hailed, lambasted, proclaimed dead, revived, deconstructed, and minimized, the novel remains a vital form of literary and cultural expression, revealing much about the essential world in which we live. This session will bring together novelists, literary critics, and scholars from around the world to explore the state and form of the contemporary novel, and to analyze what it reveals about the diversity of the human experience at the end of the twentieth century. Novelists will give readings and offer interpretations of their works; literary critics and scholars will lead discussions on the role, reception, and impact of the novel in their respective countries or regions, and will compare and contrast the novel to other literary forms. Session participants will also examine the narrative voice in the contemporary novel and consider aesthetic and formal innovations that have emerged in recent years.

Session Faculty

Alberta Arthurs
 

 


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