TALK: "Beyond Victimization and Voice: The Work of the Minority Writer," with Pulitzer-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen

Pulitzer-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen will discuss writing and read from recent work. His 2015 Pultizer winning novel, The Sympathizer aptly describes themes related to diversity, difference, and otherness by narrating the Vietnam War from the point of view of the Vietnamese. The central character, the nameless narrator, embodies otherness. He lives between multiple worlds—the son of a Vietnamese mother and a French Catholic priest, a Communist undercover agent who works as the assistant to the chief of South Vietnam’s National Police—always both insider and outsider. The novel also explores the plight of war refugees once they arrive on American shores, and engages in a playful send-up of the film industry as the protagonist tries to influence American cinematic depictions of the conflict to be less jingoistic. Nguyen’s most recent book is a book of short stories, The Refugees.

Nguyen is Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Associate Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at USC. His work as a scholar addresses urgent, contemporary issues such as identity and otherness; race and race politics; history and memory; nationalism and globalization; migration and the status of the refugee.

Thursday October 26, 2017 07:00 PM
Thursday October 26, 2017 08:30 PM
Presidents Hall, Franklin Hall
Tracy Bee, Director of Academic Initiatives, College of Arts and Sciences
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This event is part of Themester 2017 Diversity Difference Otherness.
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