Diasporas of the Mind: Jewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History

Bryan Cheyette’s important and original new book, Diasporas of the Mind, sheds new light on a wide range of modern and contemporary writers to explore the power and limitations of the diasporic imagination after the Second World War.
In this round-table discussion, Bryan was joined by Robert Eaglestone, who has written extensively on Holocaust literature and contemporary fiction, and internationally renowned literary critic and broadcaster, Sushelia Nasta, to explore the writings of Hannah Arendt, Frantz Fanon, Primo Levi, Caryl Phillips, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, Edward Said, Zadie Smith and Muriel Spark, among others. They discussed the ways in which histories and cultures can be imagined across national and communal boundaries and considered Bryan’s argument for a new comparative approach which encompasses both Jewish and postcolonial writers.


Diasporas of the Mind
Jewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History
Professor Bryan Cheyette, University of Reading; Professor Robert Eaglestone, Royal Holloway, University of London; and Professor Susheila Nasta MBE, The Open University
Chair: Professor David Feldman, Director of the Pears Institute. Birkbeck, University of London
12 December 2013

For a podcast of the event please go to: http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2013/12/diasporas-of-the-mind-jewish-and-postcolonial-writing-and-the-nightmare-of-history/

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Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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