Multicultural Textualities II: South Asia, History, Genre and Gender

Chair: Alberto Fernández  Carbajal, University of Leicester

Speakers:

Amina Yaqin, SOAS, University of London – ‘The Lessons of History: “Stories of Pakistan that Affect Us in Britain”’

Claire Chambers, University of York – ‘“Truly a person progresses by travelling and interacting with different peoples”: Early Muslim Women Writers’ Depictions of Britain’

Stephen Morton, University of Southampton – ‘Re-framing Muslims and the False Promise of Happiness’

Multicultural Textualities II is the second of two panels on the imbrication of textuality with racial politics, migration and multiculturalism. This panel focuses on the contributions of South Asian migrants from Muslim backgrounds to debates about gender and literary genre. It also takes a long historical view, starting with contemporary dramaturgy that evokes Mughal history and seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Sufism, moving to Edwardian women travel writers, and ending with Monica Ali’s Brick Lane and the YouTube video Happy British Muslims.

Thursday 6th July, 3.30