Susan Comfort (English Department) presented a paper as part of a roundtable on "Peripheral Aesthetics and World Literature" at the 2016 annual conference of the Modern Language Association, held this year from January 7 to 10 in Austin, Texas.
Comfort's paper explored two novels by contemporary Pakistani writer Uzma Aslam Khan, Trespassing (2003) and Thinner than Skin (2012), both of which intermix genres, viewpoints, and storylines to portray uneven socio-ecological conditions across several periods and zones of the capitalist world-system. Khan's novels are especially noteworthy for using juxtaposition and surreal, dreamlike figurations to create new insights into the system's devastating socio-ecological effects on peripheral areas, particularly for human and non-human communities living along Pakistan's ecologically fragile ocean coastlines and inland watersheds. For more, view the MLA roundtable online.
Department of English