Untouchable Fictions: Literary Realism & Crisis of Caste, Toral Gajarawala

New York, NY

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Toral J. Gajarawala (English and Comparative Literature, NYU) speaks on her new book, Untouchable Fictions: Literary Realism and the Crisis of Caste (Fordham University Press, 2012), which considers the crisis of literary realism- progressive, rural, regionalist, experimental- in order to derive a genealogy for the recent explosion of Dalit (“untouchable” caste) fiction. With respondents Simon Gikandi, Robert Schirmer Professor of English at Princeton University and editor of PMLA, and Robert Young, Silver Professor and Professor of English & Comparative Literature at NYU.

Co-sponsored by the Comparative Literature Program at Fordham University and the Humanities Initiative at NYU. This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Toral Jatin Gajarawala is an assistant professor of English and comparative literature at New York University. She received her PhD from the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Comparative Literarture Studies, MLQ, and PMLA.  Her PMLA article, "Some Time between Revisionist and Revolutionary: Unreading History in Dalit Literature", won the 2011 William Riley Parker Prize for an outstanding article published in the PMLA. Her research focuses on the “small” side of postcolonial studies: the local, the subaltern, the vernacular. She is currently at work on a project that considers global paradigms of indigeneity in literary movements.