Literature Program

Friday, December 6, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

UB Humanities Institute and Hallwalls present

Joseph Conte

Scholars@Hallwalls - Transnational Politics and the Post-9/11 Novel

Select Fridays between September 2013 and May 2014, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center becomes an intellectual salon. Scholars at Hallwalls features eight thought-provoking, award-winning lectures in the humanities, presented in the intellectual and inspiring setting of Hallwalls by the UB Humanities Institute.

Faculty Fellows will present their cutting-edge humanities research in terms accessible to those in other disciplines and outside academia. The events will continue to be social occasions as well, with complimentary hors d'oeuvres.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

"Transnational Politics and the Post-9/11 Novel," suggests that literature produced after Sept. 11, 2001 reflects a shift from the provincial politics of nation-states to those of transnational politics, and confronts issues that require adjudication across national, geographic, cultural, linguistic, religious and racial borders. Conte cites Don DeLillo's "Falling Man," Orhan Pamuk's "Snow" and J.M. Coetzee's "Diary of a Bad Year" as examples of work that articulates the emergence of resistance to the global hegemony of the market state and explicitly critiques transnational politics that arise as a result of globalization.

Joseph Conte is Professor of English at the University at Buffalo. His research interests include postmodern fiction, transnational literature and politics, fiction after 9/11, postmodern theory, the literature of immigration, poetry and poetics. He is the author of Design & Debris: A Chaotics of Postmodern American Fiction, which received the Elizabeth Agee Prize in American Literature from the University of Alabama Press in 2002, and Unending Design: The Forms of Postmodern Poetry, published by Cornell University Press in 1991. Book chapters and articles on a wide range of contemporary fiction and poetry have appeared in Modern Fiction Studies, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, The Cambridge Companion to Don DeLillo, The Holodeck in the Garden: Science and Technology in Contemporary American Fiction, and The Review of Contemporary Fiction, among others. He has been a SUNY Senior Fellow at the New York-St. Petersburg State University Institute of Cognitive and Cultural Studies in St. Petersburg, Russia and Visiting Professor in Comparative Literature at Capital Normal University in Beijing, China.