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TALK: Fictions of Friction: Narratives of War and “Post-War” in Contemporary Afghan Literature

Wali Ahmadi will speak on the effects of three decades of war on contemporary fiction in Afghanistan.

When: Thursday, March 7, 2013, 4 p.m.

Where: McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020, UCSB, Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Lectures

Description:

This talk will focus on how the wars of the last three decades have been represented in contemporary fiction in Afghanistan. It argues that the war against the Soviets concretized a sense of cohesiveness and national identity. The subsequent Civil War then created a critical juncture for writers to question the validity of a superficial national narrative and pinpoint the fault-lines of a sweeping Afghan nationalism, and to critically discuss why “our uncle failed to reconcile with dad” and “show up at the wedding.” The talk will show how writers offer a critical evaluation of nationalism, and yet insist on the need for a grand national narrative in Afghanistan. Finally, the talk will address how the US intervention, especially Bush’s mission civilisantrice that insisted on “nation-building” in Afghanistan actually led to furthering of hostilities among various “ethnic” groups inside Afghanistan. In a crucial sense, the “nation-building” scheme actually proved a disastrous experiment in “nation-wrecking.”

Sponsored by the IHC series Fallout: In the Aftermath of War.

Phone: 805-893-2004

Event posted Feb. 27, 2013
Last updated Feb. 27, 2013

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