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Reading Jhumpa Lahiri: Exploring the South-Asian-American Diaspora (Delve Seminar)

Sat, Apr 4, 2015 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205

From her Pulitzer winning collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies, to The Namesake and Unaccustomed Earth, and her most recent novel The Lowland (short listed for the Man Booker Prize), Jhumpa Lahiri examines the complex state of belonging to both India and America for both the first and the second-generation immigrants.  In this seminar we will explore how Lahiri’s literary representation connects the two worlds of the East and the West as her subjects navigate their various states of belonging.

Guide: Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt is a professor of English and also coordinates the Gender Studies program at Linfield College.  She teaches postcolonial literatures, gender studies and creative writing.  She is the author of a scholarly monograph, The Postcolonial Citizen: An Intellectual Migrant (2010) and has published in The Asian American Renaissance Journal, The South Asian Review, Saranac Review, The Rocky Mountain Review and many other scholarly and creative journals. Dutt-Ballerstadt was born in India and has lived in the U.S. for 25 years.