Thursday, February 28, 2013
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Department of English, Barker Room 315
70 Brown Street
Isabel Hofmeyr, Professor of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, will present a talk entitled "Gandhi's Printing Press" on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm in the Department of English, 70 Brown Street, Room 315. Her talk will be taken from her new book, “Gandhi's Printing Press: Experiments in Slow Reading” (Harvard, 2013), which discusses Mahatma Gandhi's practices of reading, writing, and publishing, situating them in both his Indian nationalist career and his early South African context.
Professor Hofmeyr is the author of “The Portable Bunyan” (Princeton, 2007) and “We Spend our Years as a Tale that is Told: Oral Historical Narrative in a South African Chiefdom” (Heinemann, 1994). Much of her recent work has focused on the Indian Ocean world, some of which has appeared in journals like “Public Culture,” “PMLA,” “Social Dynamics,” and “Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.” Hofmeyr is based at the University of the Witwatersrand, where she is also associated with the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa, and she is currently Visiting Professor at New York University.
This event is sponsored by the Department of English and the Brown-India Initiative and is made possible by the Wetmore Fund for Literature. Co-sponsored by * the Cogut Center for the Humanities