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Faculty Author Series: Dr. Teresa Heffernan, Department of English

Thu, Nov 24, 2016 - 1:00 PM to
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 - 2:00 PM
Location: Library Room LI135

Dr. Teresa Heffernan, from the Department of English, will be here to discuss her new book, Veiled Figures: Women, Modernity, and the Spectres of Orientalism.


Here’s a description: “Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, public debates about Islam and the veil have become increasingly divisive. Veiled Figures explores how the clash of civilizations is perpetuated by the rhetoric of veiling and unveiling. Drawing on travel narratives, harem literature, and other stories, Heffernan argues that women’s bodies have been used to exacerbate the divide between religion and reason in the eighteenth century, the Islamic umma and the Western nation in the nineteenth, and Islamism and global capitalism in the contemporary period”.

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