Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Post-National Literature

The latest issue of New Perspectives Quarterly contains think pieces by novelists on globalization and literature. Salman Rushdie, Azar Nafisi, Elif Shafak, Gao Xingjian, Lillian Faschinger and others contributed essays about what literature might have to say about a globalizing world. The focus throughout remains somewhat narrowed to cultural flows in a world of collapsing borders, and how that flow affects ethnic and national identity. I wonder if creative writers are going to be able to take up the other far reaching issues of financial flows (after all this is the essential definition of "globalization" itself), ecological flows, and the impact of uneven or blocked flows.

Link to the issue of NPQ online is above.


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