Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Rushdie to Speak at Emory
Salman Rushdie, in what is possibly his first visit to Atlanta since the fatwa, will deliver the Ellman lectures at Emory in October. Here's the news release, which includes a schedule. The topic of the lectures is "The Other Great Tradition." Novelists don't necessarily make great literary critics, and Rushdie sadly isn't even a good novelist any more. Nevertheless I hope these lectures turn out to be worthwhile. Given that the two famous South Asian literary critics in the U.S., Gayatri Spivak and Homi Bhabha, are brickbat magnets thanks to passages like this, Rushdie's plain style will certainly be welcome.


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