Beyond Victims and Voices: On Writing as a Radical Act

Lecture | October 28 | 2-4 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Viet Thanh Nguyen, Associate Professor, University of Southern California

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, Social Science Matrix

For minority writers in the United States who wish to be published by the mainstream, the usual options are to embrace being victims to claim a voice. What if these options are deeply limiting? What if they perpetuate literary and political ghettoization? Offering examples from his novel The Sympathizer, which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and its nonfiction sequel Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, which was just nominated for a 2016 National Book Award in Nonfiction, Viet Thanh Nguyen argues for a more radical approach to writing that foregrounds resistance, decolonization, and a recognition of inhumanity.

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