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Srinivas Aravamudan, Duke University dean of humanities, to speak at UGA

Srinivas Aravamudan

Athens, Ga. – Srinivas Aravamudan, a professor and dean of humanities at Duke University, will give the first lecture of the 2013-14 Georgia Colloquium in 18th and 19th Century British Literature at the University of Georgia. His talk on “East-West Fiction as World Literature: Reconfiguring Hayy ibn Yaqzan” will be Sept. 13 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 265 of Park Hall.

The lecture is open to the public. A reception will follow in the Park Hall library.

Aravamudan specializes in 18th century British and French literature and in postcolonial literature and theory. His study on “Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency, 1688-1804” (Duke University Press) was awarded the Modern Language Association Prize for a First Book in 2000.

He also is the author of “Guru English: South Asian Religion in A Cosmopolitan Language” (Princeton University Press) and “Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel” (University of Chicago Press), which was awarded the Kenshur Prize by the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Indiana University.

Founded in 2007 by English department faculty member Chloe Wigston Smith, the Georgia Colloquium in 18th and 19th Century British Literature promotes intellectual inquiry across the disciplines, providing a forum for faculty and graduate students within the English department and from regional and national universities.

“As someone who cares deeply and thinks seriously about the value of the humanities to the contemporary moment, Dr. Aravamudan’s work has insistently questioned and overturned traditional views of national and literary boundaries,” Wigston Smith said. “Tropicopolitans was a groundbreaking study that challenged scholars to rethink the cultural history of colonialism in the Age of Enlightenment, demonstrating how colonial subjects found sophisticated ways to resist political oppression in his retelling of the relationship between literature and globalism.”

Roxanne Eberle and Casie LeGette serve as co-chairs along with Wigston Smith, working to expand the colloquium’s programming for what has become a nationally recognized lecture series.

Speakers for the 2013-14 academic year include James Thompson from the University of North Carolina, Rachel Teuloksy from Vanderbilt University and Adela Pinch from the University of Michigan.

The Georgia Colloquium in 18th and 19th Century British Literature is co-sponsored by the Jane and Harry Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts, Rodney Baine Lecture Fund, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the departments of comparative literature and romance languages. For more information, see