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Sunday, December 21, 2008

World Literature In Between

Not being in Istanbul, I missed my chance to attend this excellent symposium, organized jointly by the English and Comparative Literature Department at Columbia University and the city of Istanbul. I'd particularly like to have heard yesterday's panel: Literature after Orientalism, with speakers Aamir Mufti, Sabry Hafez and Sait Aykut. The Literary Saloon links to Turkish coverage of Orhan Pamuk's involvement. No other reports are forthcoming -- anyone out there in the blogosphere hear what was said?

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