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“Imagistic Reason in Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players)”

Thursday, April 28, 2016

4:00 p.m. Knight Library Browsing Room

Keya Ganguly will give a public lecture entitled “Imagistic Reason in Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players)”

Ganguly is Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is author of States of Exception: Everyday Life and Postcolonial Identity (2001) and Cinema, Emergence, and the Films of Satyajit Ray (2010). Her current project is titled The Utopics of Revolutionary Violence.

The Enlightenment is one of the casualties of a postcolonialism



Katy Brundan Appointed to Editorial Board

Katy Brundan has been appointed to the editorial board of Forum for Modern Language Studies (St. Andrews, Scotland). Her essay “The Polyglot Vampire: The Politics of Translation in Bram Stoker’s Dracula” appeared in volume 52 (2016) of the same journal and is apparently the most downloaded article they have published.


Latin American Iconicities of Absence

Thursday, April 7th

4:00 – 5:30 Esslinger 107

Julia Susana (Suzi) Gómez, doctoral student in Comparative Literature, will give a presentation titled “Latin American Iconicities of Absence: A Cognitive Poetic Approach to Mirtha Dermisache’s ‘Unreadable Books.'” In her talk, she will share the results of research done in Buenos Aires, which was funded in part by a CLLaS graduate student grant.