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CSA Fall Virtual Lecture Series: Vasugi Kailasam (Assistant Professor, Tamil Studies, UC-Berkeley)

The Sri Lankan Tamil Refugee Novel in Contemporary Tamil Writing

Event Details

Thursday, December 3, 2020
12-1 p.m.
Through this talk, I want to trace the mobile genre of the “refugee narrative” in Sri Lankan Tamil writing. By looking at the Sri Lankan Tamil novel Mmm written by the author Shoba Shakthi, translated into English as Traitor, this talk examines if the Tamil refugee narrative can embody displacement and belonging in terms of thematic and formal elements which might, in turn contribute to the creation of a uniquely Sri Lankan subjecthood that can frame discourses of statehood and reconciliation.