English Literature: Global/National?
Given the genealogy of English studies which is inseparably tied up with the history of the nation-state, the future of English Literature as a discipline in the interconnected, global world we live in becomes a pressing question. That is the question my presentation/paper will address.
More specifically, I’ll argue that the function of literary studies and the Humanities generally is a commitment to globalism, as distinguished from globalization under the aegis of the three Ms (money, military, media). To get to that conclusion I will use critical statements by, among others, E. M. Forster, Richard Wright, Frantz Fanon and literary works by Tagore, Chinua Achebe, Bharati Mukherjee, and Nadine Gordimer. The paper will take a historical as well as critical/analytical approach to show that what we call “globalism” (worldviews that integrate the here and the there, the now and the then) and the literary imagination (modes of beings that are both probing and conducive of improvement for individuals and societies) belong together in the same intellectual and moral tradition and future.
Paulus Pimomo (United States)
Department of English, College of Arts & Humanities
Central Washington University
Born in Nagaland, northeastern India. Educated in India and in the United States, and have taught English in both countries. I still do in the United States.
Person as Subject
(Virtual Presentation, English)