Naturalism Redux / Locked in the Present

Friday, December 7
3-5 p.m.
19 University Place, room 222

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Please join us for the December installment of the NYU Comparative Literature Colloquium Series featuring two PhD candidates from our department.

Bilal Hashmi – “Naturalism Redux”
This paper will offer a reading of Les Bas Fonds (1936; The Lower Depths), Jean Renoir’s Popular Front-era film adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s play Na dne (1902; At the Bottom), as an exemplary product of the interwar traffic in aesthetic modes.

Liang-Hua Yu – “Locked in the Present: Time Travel Romance, Neoliberal Governance and the Rise of a Digital Sinosphere”

Light reception to follow.

Bilal Hashmi is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at New York University. His dissertation, “Anatomy of World Literature,” examines the implications of world literature as practiced during the interwar years.

Liang-Hua Yu is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at New York University. Before joining the department, she received graduate training in East Asian Studies at NYU and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on Chinese/Sinophone Cinema, Television, and New Media, Visual Culture in East Asia, Critical Theory and Global Neoliberalization. She is completing work on a dissertation entitled “Unoriginal Sin: Transborder Media Flow, Visual Consumption and the Emergence of a New Middle Class in Global China.”

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