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Title Witness literature : proceedings of the Nobel Centennial Symposium / edited by Horace Engdahl
Published Singapore ; River Edge, N.J. : World Scientific, ©2002


Description 1 online resource (xi, 132 pages)
Contents Philomela's tongue: introductory remarks on witness literature / Horace Engdahl -- When we don’t speak, we become unbearable, and when we do, we make fools of ourselves. Can literature bear witness? / Herta Müller -- The freedom of self-definition / Imre Kertész -- The bedazzled gaze: on perspective and paradoxes in witness literature / Peter Englund -- On the frontier / Timothy Garton Ash -- Of tamarind and cosmopolitanism! / Nuruddin Farah -- Cloned eyes / Li Rui -- Witness: the inward testimony / Nadine Gordimer -- Elaborations of testimony / Kenzaburo Oe -- Literature as testimony: the search for truth / Gao Xingjian
Summary Annotation In December 2001, the centennial of the first Nobel Prize was celebrated in Stockholm. To mark the occasion, the Swedish Academy organized a symposium on the theme of "Witness Literature." Talks were given by speakers from Asia, Africa and Europe, including three Nobel laureates in literature: Nadine Gordimer, Kenzaburo Oe and Gao Xingjian. The main objective of the symposium was to examine the concept of witness literature and its relevance to contemporary literature. This concept is relatively new and has not yet been defined clearly by literary criticism and scholarship. The discussion primarily alternated between two aspects of the topic: the particular claim to truth that witness literature puts forward, and the process that leads from catastrophe to creativity and that turns the victim into a writing witness with the power to suspend forgetfulness and denial
Subject Literature and history.
History in literature.
History in literature
Literature and history
Getuigenissen (letterkunde)
Stockholm <2001>
Form Electronic book
Author Engdahl, Horace, 1948-
Nobel Centennial Symposium (2001 : Stockholm, Sweden)
ISBN 9789812706515