Awadh as World Literature Lecture Series: Across scripts and languages: stories and repertoires

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 4:30pm

Williams Hall, room 826

255 South 36th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104


  • How can we study literature in a multilingual society in a way that takes multilingualism seriously?
  • How can we do world literature not from a disembodied bird’s eye view, but from a located standpoint?
  • How can we historicise world literature without necessarily starting from Goethe?

In this series of lectures from her forthcoming book, Francesca Orsini proposes an alternative to artificially monolingual and competitive literary histories of Hindi, Urdu, and Persian in north India, but also to current models of world literature that too easily relegate non-European regions to the periphery of the putative world literary system.

Dr. Francesca Orsini is the Professor of Hindi and South Asian Literature, SOAS, University of London.