IWP 50th Panel: National Literatures in a Time of Rising Nationalisms

During this era of the inward turn, with nation-states enthusiastically claiming a monolithic cultural and historical identity, the challenge falls on writers and readers alike to re-think what – and who – literature is for.  Should minority voices be challenging majority narratives? Is language flattened out when a nation yearns to speak in one voice? Is the old role of the writer as “a nation’s conscience” needed again? Or, might the sum of a nation’s social media posts be a new, more real “national literature”?

12:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13 at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240