DKU Library Author Talks: Alison Klein | Duke Kunshan University

DKU Library Author Talks: Alison Klein

Tuesday, November 26, 5:00 – 6:00PM, AB 2103 

DKU Library is happy to invite Alison Klein, the Lecturer of Thompson Writing Program at Duke University and a visiting Professor at DKU to be our first guest speaker in the DKU Library Author Talks series. Professor Klein will discuss her 2018 book Anglophone Literature of Caribbean Indenture: The Seductive Hierarchies of Empire. This Author Talk is co-presented with the Language and Culture Centre(LCC) and Professor Don Snow, LCC Director, will introduce Professor Klein and her work. This event is open to all community members, and catering will be provided!

About the author: Alison Klein is a Lecturer in International Writing at Duke University, USA. Her work has been published in the anthology Indo-Caribbean Feminist Thought: Genealogies, Theories, Enactments, and the journals Anthurium, South Asian Review, and The Journal of Commonwealth Literatures.

About the book: This book is the first comprehensive study of Anglophone literature depicting the British Imperial system of indentured labor in the Caribbean. Through an examination of intimate relationships within indenture narratives, this text traces the seductive hierarchies of empire – the oppressive ideologies of gender, ethnicity, and class that developed under imperialism and indenture and that continue to impact the Caribbean today. It demonstrates that British colonizers, Indian and Chinese laborers, and formerly enslaved Africans negotiated struggles for political and economic power through the performance of masculinity and the control of migrant women, and that even those authors who critique empire often reinforce patriarchy as they do so. Further, it identifies a common thread within the work of those authors who resist the hierarchies of empire: a poetics of kinship, or, a focus on the importance of building familial ties across generations and across classifications of people (summary from Palgrave MacMillan).