Literary Cities – Mehr Afshan Farooqi in Conversation with Asif Farrukhi

Join The Second Floor (T2F) for a conversation with Mehr Afshan Farooqi about her new book project on Allahabad and how cities promote literary culture.

Mehr Afshan FarooqiThe talk will explore how cities and multilingualism nurture cultural development. Each city has its own audible surface of languages, a signature blend of dialects and accents. It comes as no surprise that many of Urdu’s leading literary critics and writers such as Muhammad Hasan Askari, Ale Ahmad Suroor, and Shamsur Rahman Faruqi were trained in departments of English. Linguistic diversity fosters parallel and intersecting cultures, particularly in South Asian cities. This will be highlighted through the example of Allahabad where the university’s English department played a crucial role in creating an environment for intellectual debate on cultural sensibilities.

Mehr Afshan Farooqi is a published author of several books on modern Urdu literature and teaches Urdu and South Asian Literatures at the University of Virginia. Her most recent publication is Urdu Literary Culture, Vernacular Modernity in the Writing of Muhammad Hasan Askari. Farooqi grew up in Allahabad, India in a home filled with writers and poets and her parents were the founder-editors of the path breaking Urdu literary journal, Shabkhoon.

Date: Wednesday, 20th February, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
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Venue: The Second Floor (T2F), 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi.

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