What is Literature?: Critical Hauntings After the Death of the Author

Wednesday 27 April 2016, 6.00PM

Speaker(s): Tabish Khair, John Tilney Writer in Residence

Born and educated in the small town of Gaya, in India, Tabish Khair is the author of various books, including the poetry collections Where Parallel Lines Meet (2000) and Man of Glass (2010); the studies Babu Fictions: Alienation in Contemporary Indian English Novels (2001) and The Gothic, Postcolonialism and Otherness (2010); and the novels The Bus Stopped (2004), Filming, a Love Story by Tabish Khair (2007), and The Thing About Thugs (2010; 2012).

His previous novel, How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position (2012) was judged the best 9/11 novel to date, by The New Republic.  This year he will publish a new novel, Jihadi Jane, about Daesh and 'ISIS brides'.

Khair now lives in a village outside the town of Aarhus, Denmark.  He describes himself as part of a long, complex and obscured history of 'small town cosmopolitanism'.

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Location: Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York Campus West

Admission: Free to attend; no need to book

Email: claire.chambers@york.ac.uk

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