‘The End of Empire in the Middle East and the Literary Imagination’
Fri, November 19, 2010 • 2:45 PM • Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center,Tom Lea Rooms 3.206
A lecture by Prof. Phyllis Lassner Northwestern University
Much critical attention has been given to the political and cultural reaction of indigenous peoples to British imperialism, but what has been the creative response of British writers, especially women writers? Phyllis Lassner will focus on the literature of the Middle East and will discuss how British women have offered crucial perspectives on the end of empire on such issues as gender, race, World War II, and the Holocaust.
Phyllis Lassner is Professor in the Jewish Studies, Gender Studies, and Writing Programs at Northwestern University. She is the author of two books on the Anglo-Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen. Her other works include British Women Writers of World War II (1998); Colonial Strangers: Women Writing the End of the British Empire (2004): and most recently, Anglo-Jewish Women Writing the Holocaust (2008).