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World Literature

Haiti: Free the Word

PEN American Center | Posted 10.04.2014 | Arts
PEN American Center

PEN Haiti celebrated its 3rd Libérez la Parole festival of literature from July 18 to July 27 in the cities of Gonaives, Petit-Goave, and Thomassin, Haiti.

Ban, Ban, Our Own Taliban

Anil Dharker | Posted 05.06.2014 | Books
Anil Dharker

In the India of today, anything that is "alternative," or takes an unconventional look at history, biography or mythology (among other things) becomes unacceptable to some fanatical group or the other.

How Naguib Mahfouz's Fiction Illuminates the Egyptian Revolution

Shaj Mathew | Posted 09.15.2013 | Books
Shaj Mathew

In this 1967 novel, Mahfouz's characters grapple with the aftermath of a different revolution: the political and economic idealism of Gamal Abdel Nasser's policy of "Arab Socialism."

Should We Still Be Using The Term 'Ethnic Literature'?

Krys Lee | Posted 04.24.2012 | Books
Krys Lee

There's nothing wrong with the term "ethnic literature" in its original intentions, but I am interested in what happens beyond the marketing of "ethnic literature." Reading ethnic writers reflects a greater trend towards an openness to world literature, but it isn't mutually exclusive to other reading experiences.