Rethinking Antigone in the War on Terror: Kamila Shamsie in conversation with Ankhi Mukherjee

Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 11:00am to 1:00pm


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Kamila Shamsie; Ankhi Muhkerjee

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The virtual colloquium "Antigone's Worldings" opens with a conversation between award winning writer, Kamila Shamsie, and postcolonial theorist, Ankhi Mukherjee, on Shamsie's most recent novel, Home Fire. Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction and the Hellenic Prize, and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Home Fire re-contextualizes Sophocles' Antigone in the global present of the on-going "War on Terror," while complicating our understandings of agency, identity, and power as we see Aneeka struggle with the impossibility of burying her twin brother Parvaiz.

A limited number of copies of Home Fire are available to Duke University students, faculty, visiting scholars, and staff. Please fill out this survey if you have registered for the event and would like a copy of the novel.

To view all "Antigone's Worldings" events, visit the colloquium webpage here.

Kamila Shamsie is the author of seven novels, which have been translated into over 30 languages. Her most recent novel, Home Fire, won the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Hellenic Prize, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. A Vice-President and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and one of Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’, she is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Manchester. She grew up in Karachi, and now lives in London.

Ankhi Mukherjee is Professor of English and World Literatures at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Wadham College. She is the author of three monographs: Aesthetic Hysteria: The Great Neurosis in Victorian Melodrama and Contemporary Literature (Routledge, 2007), What Is a Classic? Postcolonial Rewriting and Invention of the Canon (Stanford UP, 2014), and Unseen City: The Psychic Lives of the Urban Poor (Cambridge UP, 2021). What Is a Classic won the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Prize in English Literature in 2015. Mukherjee has edited three essay collections, including After Lacan (CUP, 2018), and published in PMLA, MLQ, Contemporary Literature, Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry and others.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI)
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Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES), Classical Studies, Duke Islamic Studies Center, English, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, International Comparative Studies (ICS), Literature, Romance Studies, Theater Studies