Spring 2011 South Asia Seminar Series
Thu, March 10, 2011 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • WCH 4.118
Mahboob Afsar Mohammad, UT-Austin
"The Making of a Post-Partition/Postcolonial Muslim: A Novelist’s Journey in Times of Violence"
About the Series
At the end of the twentieth century, debates about South Asian literature still circulated around two main themes: the problematic "authenticity" of globally marketed Anglophone writing and the putative "provinciality" of writing in the bhasha (or vernacular) languages. But in the last decade, there have been a number of new trends which add new textures to this simplified problematic: the rise of an Anglophone reading public specific to the subcontinent with its own popularly recognized figures, the marketing of bhasha styles in popular western cultural forms, the growing popularity of south Asian writing from outside of India (especially Pakistan and Bangladesh), new opportunities for collaboration between artists in various languages in the subcontinent, the growth of vernacular literary traditions in electronic media, and the new global crisis in publishing which has also contracted certain reading publics. This seminar series will explore the changing social contexts in south Asia and the world that affected reading publics and their relationship to new trends in South Asian writing in many languages. Regular seminars occur on Thursdays at 3:30 pm, preceded by a reception at 3:00 pm, in the Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118).
About the Speaker
Afsar Mohammad holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Presently he is a lecturer in Asian Studies at the University of Texas-Austin. He is teaching 'South Asia and the Novel' 'Modern India and Literature' and Telugu courses. He has published three poetry collections, one short story collection and one book on modern literary theories. He has received many awards and honors including the Ugadi National Integration Honor from the Madras Telugu Academy. In 1991 he was awarded the Free Verse Front Award for the best poetry volume of the year. In 2007, he won the prestigious Bhaasha Samman Award from the Government of India for his collection of poems in Telugu. He is currently working on a book about Muslim devotional life in South India.