TALK: Fictions of Friction: Narratives of War and “Post-War” in Contemporary Afghan Literature
Wali Ahmadi will speak on the effects of three decades of war on contemporary fiction in Afghanistan.
When: Thursday, March 7, 2013, 4 p.m.
Where: McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020, UCSB, Santa Barbara
Age limit: All ages
This talk will focus on how the wars of the last three decades have been represented in contemporary fiction in Afghanistan. It argues that the war against the Soviets concretized a sense of cohesiveness and national identity. The subsequent Civil War then created a critical juncture for writers to question the validity of a superficial national narrative and pinpoint the fault-lines of a sweeping Afghan nationalism, and to critically discuss why “our uncle failed to reconcile with dad” and “show up at the wedding.” The talk will show how writers offer a critical evaluation of nationalism, and yet insist on the need for a grand national narrative in Afghanistan. Finally, the talk will address how the US intervention, especially Bush’s mission civilisantrice that insisted on “nation-building” in Afghanistan actually led to furthering of hostilities among various “ethnic” groups inside Afghanistan. In a crucial sense, the “nation-building” scheme actually proved a disastrous experiment in “nation-wrecking.”
Sponsored by the IHC series Fallout: In the Aftermath of War.
Event posted Feb. 27, 2013
Last updated Feb. 27, 2013