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Saturday, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Lone Star F, JW Marriott

Ethnic and Third World Literature: From the University of Texas, Austin, to the Profession at Large

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A special session. Presiding: Joseph R. Slaughter, Columbia Univ.

Speakers: Bret E. Benjamin, Univ. at Albany, State Univ. of New York; Purnima Bose, Indiana Univ., Bloomington; Persis M. Karim, San Jose State Univ.; Kristine Kotecki, Ball State Univ.; Supriya M. Nair, Tulane Univ.; Jenny Sharpe, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

Respondent: Barbara Harlow, Univ. of Texas, Austin

Panelists reflect on the ethnic and Third World literature specialization at the University of Texas, Austin, to consider disciplinary debates about literature and histories of exploitation in the United States and beyond and what field formations are adequate to politically engaged transnational literary study, including comparative ethnic studies, postcolonialism, and world literature.

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