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Weidenfeld Lectures: Story-telling in a Divided World

Speaker(s): 
Elif Shafak
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 17:30 to 18:30
St Anne's College

The Weidenfeld Visiting Professorship in Comparative European Literature Lecture Series - Trinity Term 2018

Lectures were given by Elif Shafak on Story-telling in a Divided World

Wednesday 2nd May: Strong Words in a Liquid World

Thursday 10th May: Voicelessness and Taboos

Thursday 17th May: Collective Amnesia and Collective Remembrance

Thursday 24th May: Open Discussion

Defending the Art of Fiction in the Age of Post-Truth 

What is the role of literature in our increasingly fractured and fast-changing world? Is it possible to write a-politically or do writers have a responsibility to speak out – and,  if so, how? Can fiction address political issues in a way that ordinary public discourse cannot? Elif Shafak explored these questions in three lectures and an open discussion. 

After each lecture there was the opportunity to ask questions, and all were welcome to join in the closing discussion. 

All were welcome, with no need to book.