Transnational Families, Transnational Novels

This two-day conference will examine novels that depict transnational families. From Ian Watt to Joseph Slaughter, scholars of literature have understood the novel as a genre that emphasizes the formation of the individual in relation to a nation-state. However, in recent decades, the interconnectedness of the global market has provoked increased interest in literature that crosses national borders. The literary celebrity of Jhumpa Lahiri, Yaa Gyasi, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie denotes a widespread need for narratives that reflect our transnational reality, examining how, when, and why we cross borders.

This examination of transnational family novels will raise questions about the novel form: What can the novel genre tell us about how families are transformed by border crossings? How does a focus on transnational families affect novel structure? How do novels that focus on transnational families challenge the conventional wisdom that the novel genre privileges individual subjectivity?
12 July 2019, 9.00am – 13 July 2019, 8.00pm
Conference / Symposium
Room 243, Senate House (Friday) & Upper Hall, Student Central (Saturday)

Friday 12 July: Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Saturday 13 July: Upper Hall, 3rd Floor, Student Central,Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY