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Alien Form: Genre and the Production of Ethnic American Literatures

Mar 31, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Foster Auditorium (Paterno Library)

For a recap of "Alien Form," click here.

"Alien Form,"  a CALS symposium, focuses on how genre and literature’s formal properties can be deployed to counter the strong desire to read Ethnic American literary production in terms of “identity,” “culture,” and “the authentic.” Centered on the production and marketing of Ethnic American literature as well as the cross-pollination between literary fiction and genre fiction, "Alien Form" will question the aesthetic possibilities and limits of Ethnic American literature as itself a generic category.

We are very excited about the slate of invited speakers for this event, which includes award-winning writers Karen Tei Yamashita, Stephen Graham Jones, Sheree Renée Thomas, Nelly Rosario, and Ken Liu.  Please click here for a biographical information sheet on our invited speakers and here for a list of selected works  by these writers.

For more information about "Alien Form," please contact the symposium co-organizers, Tina Chen (tina.chen@psu.edu) and Toni Jensen (tlj14@psu.edu).

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