Time: 02:00PM - 03:00PM
Kalamazoo Room, Michigan League
The talk will compare two first-person narratives translated from Hindi that offer protests against entrenched systems of caste-based discrimination. Both contain scenes of violence based on real-life experience, but one is labeled
a short story and the other an autobiography. How do our expectations as English-language readers shape our moral assessment of their stories? More generally, how do purportedly universal notions such as “truth,” “justice,” and “rights” translate?