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Literature Program and Dean of the College Present

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
The Literature of World Hunger:
Dambudzo Marechera’s Anti-Colonial Starving Artist
RKC 103
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Dr. Alys Moody, Senior Lecturer in English, Macquarie University
In the 1960s and 1970s, “world hunger” emerged as one of the concepts governing the relationship between rich and poor countries. In the same years, the contemporary system of world literature began to take shape. This lecture suggests that it is profitable to read these two formations together, and that doing so can yield new understandings about how the “world” emerges as a contested category in the latter half of the 20th century. Taking as its primary example the prize-winning 1978 novella House of Hunger, by Zimbabwean enfant terrible Dambudzo Marechera, it argues that the insistence of Third World writers on their and their nation’s hunger shapes and disrupts circuits of world literary exchange.

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Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location: RKC 103