South Asia Seminar Series: Laura Brueck on "Indian Pulp Fictions in the Reflection of World Literature"

Laura Brueck, Associate Professor, Northwestern University, will speak on "Indian Pulp Fictions In the Reflection of World Literature" as part of the Fall South Asia Seminar Series

In this paper I engage with contemporary debates around “World Literature” through the lens of modern and contemporary pulp fictions in India. I focus specifically on the genre of detective fiction in its 21st century avatar, one which somewhat awkwardly straddles English and regional-language circulations and readerships. I also investigate the genre’s entrée into transnational platforms from literary festivals to Netflix specials, and query the rhetorical constructions of the genre’s origins. In so doing, I will show how understanding the discursive dynamics of popular genre fiction in a fraught multilingual context might upend some widely held assumptions about the idea of World Literature.

The seminar series theme is "PUBLIC | POPULAR | PULP: form and genre in South Asian cultural production," convened by Mary Rader, UT Libraries' South Asia Librarian. A light reception will precede the event at 3pm.

This talk is FREE! and open to the public.

Sponsored by: South Asia Institute


Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Will C. Hogg Building (WCH), 4.118
120 INNER CAMPUS DR, Austin, Texas 78712

Event Type

Academics, World & Culture


College of Liberal Arts

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, General Public


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