The University of New Mexico Foreign Languages and Literatures presents, "Litterature-monde: Imagining Global Identity, Thursday-Friday, Oct. 20-21 at UNM.

A roundtable discussion is set for Thursday, Oct. 20 from 5-7 p.m. in Hodgin Hall, Bobo Room. It will take place in English. On Friday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2-4 p.m., readings in French with some translation available will be featured.

Walter Putnam, chair and professor of French, said, "The event will showcase the many voices in the French-speaking literary world. The prominence of writers from former French colonies is evidenced by the numerous publications and awards given them both in France and abroad."

Writers include Kebir Ammi, from Morocco and France; Angèle Kingue, Cameroon and United States; Patrice Nganang, Cameroon and U.S.; Alain Mabackou, Congo-Brazzaville; and others. "These writers all confront the post-colonial reality of multiple identities that get represented, transformed and transfigured through their literary works," he said.

Questions to be considered are In the era of globalization, can one speak of a single identity and what are the relations between politics and literature? How is literature particularly well equipped - or not - to stake out meaningful positions in such a landscape? How does a common language serve multiple purposes when writers come from many different backgrounds?

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