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Parallax: Exile as Metaphor

Presidential Lecturer

"When I remember Alexandria, I remember a place from which I liked to imagine being elsewhere. This is my definition of home." 

In his talk, "Parallax: Exile as Metaphor," novelist and literary critic André Aciman will discuss the distortions and disruptions caused by exile and displacement. He will focus not on the experience of exile itself, but on how the broader condition of being “out of place” can produce intellectual, psychological, and aesthetic displacements as well. Using examples from literary texts, the visual arts, and his own life and work, Aciman will propose a notion of reversal both as a literary act and as a form of identity. 



Monday, October 19, 2009. 07:00 PM