April 2, 2014

Giving to Death: Postcolonial Responsibility and the Time of Ghosts
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Morgan 101A
Description: Ghosts have a strange temporality: they are always past while simultaneously to come; they always threaten to return. What Jacques Derrida names the ďspectral,Ē therefore, both haunts yet ultimately evades the present while signaling an unknown future. From South African novels to reports of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we will examine how the figure of the ghost figures questions of reparation and memory, law and action, and hope and desire in our global context of decolonization.

Andrea Spain teaches at Mississippi State University, and she specializes in late twentieth-century and contemporary postcolonial literature, with a focus on post-apartheid South African Literature and culture. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on world literature, postcolonial theory, gender studies and critical theory. She has published on ZoŽ Wicombís Davidís Story and South Africaís Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has guest-curated a volume of Trickhouse, an online journal of new media arts, and has recently written on Nadine Gordimer for a special issue of Modern Fiction Studies , "Modern Fiction and Politics," edited by R. Radhakrishnan. Her manuscript, Postcoloniality and Event , explores the role of time, memory and perception in the postcolonial present.

** this event is free and open to the public **

sponsored by the Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Organization with support from the Council on Student Activity Funds
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Contact Information:
 Jose O Fernandez
 Phone: 309-298-3025
 Email: JO-Fernandez@wiu.edu
Source: College of Arts & Sciences

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