A panel of authors and critics will lead a lively discussion of literature familiar and new, exploring the art that happens when cultures meet — and clash. The panel will feature faculty from the Department of English (including Thomas Mallon, Faye Moskowitz, Judith Plotz, and H. G. Carrillo) as well as renowned Scots-Asian writer Suhayl Saadi, our British Council Writer in Residence for 2008-09.
The panel is followed by a dessert reception and is a special alumni event. All current GW students are welcome as well. Registration here.
Here is some information about each confirmed presenter.
1. Scots-Asian novelist Suhayl Saadi is the author of Psychorag, a powerful account of a troubled Pakistani past set in contemporary Glasgow. A writer known for his rhythmic, inventive style, Saadi is the GW-British Council Writer in Residence. He is the author of many short stories, plays and a poems as well as this novel.
2. Thomas Mallon is a world renowned novelist and critic. A resident of Foggy Bottom, he teaches creative writing at GW. His novels have been widely translated, and include: Fellow Travelers; Henry and Clara; Stolen Words, Dewey Defeats Truman; Mrs. Paine’s Garage; Bandbox; and Arts and Sciences. He has also written for GQ, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and Harper’s.
3. Jennifer James is an associate professor of English at GW. She teaches nineteenth century and African American literature. She has just published A Freedom Bought with Blood: African American War Literature, the Civil War-World War II.
4. Robert McRuer is the award-winning author of Crip Theory and The Queer Renaissance. His current work examines disability within an international perspective. He is an associate professor of English.
5. Faye Moskowitz is the former chair of the English Department, where she now teaches creative writing and Jewish American literature. Among her best known works are: Whoever Finds This: I Love You; And the Bridge is Love; and Peace in the House.
6. Judith Plotz teaches children’s literature, nineteenth century literature, and postcolonial literature. She is one of the most beloved professors in the English department and former department chair. Her most recent book is Romanticism and the Vocation of Childhood.
7. Tara Wallace is an associate professor of English and the associate dean of graduate studies at GW. A specialist in eighteenth century literature and a scholar of Jane Austen, she has just completed a book entitled Imperial Characters: Home and Periphery in Eighteenth-Century Literature.
8. H. G. Carrillo teaches creative writing at GW. His debut novel, Losing My Espanish, is a literary tour de force. He is the author of many short stories as well.