Americanist Seminar: Nan Z. Da


Location: 119 DeBartolo

The English Department is pleased to announce its next Americanist Seminar speaker, Nan Z. Da, who joined the English faculty this year. Nan will speak on "Intransitive Transnationalisms" at 5:00 pm Tuesday, October 14, in 119 DeBartolo.

Using examples from nineteenth-century Sino-US "exchange," this talk provokes us to wonder if transnationalism, a rhetoric and methodology that depends on the consequentiality of literary-cultural contact, was a historical phenomenon that produced the very romance of literary impact. It shows there to be a logical, if paradoxical, relationship between what transnationalism makes us believe the literature of others can do, and the minimal adjustments that describes so much of transnational interactions.