Here are some of the Comparative literature events held in the recent past.
Martín Espada has published more than twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest book of poems is called Floaters (2021), winner of the National Book Award and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Tabish Khair will lecture on “Literature and Fundamentalism: Initial Thoughts from Ongoing Research” at 7:00 pm, on May 5, in South College E470.
Khair's work is an excellent example of how literature, and fiction in particular, gives us access to lived history and politics in a way that nothing else can. His new novel, The Body by the Shore, is his first venture into sci-fi and eco-literature, and it’s also a real thriller.
A month ago, Tantura, a new Israeli documentary, made waves at the Sundance Film Festival, exposing war crimes committed by Israeli forces during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and the ensuing cover up. One would expect the film to make headlines in Israel, but it didn’t. Moreover, no national public fund wanted to be involved with the production. In fact, almost no contemporary Israeli film deals with the conflict and the occupation; Tantura is the exception that confirms the rule. Israeli cinema used to be political, so what happened? When and why did the filmmakers and the public lose touch with reality? How and why did the local cinema become a world champion in repression?
A screening and a conversation with the film producer Yael Perlov moderated by Professor Olga Gershenson