The Development Novel: World Literature and the Political Economy of Growth
December 11, 2017 3:30 PM
212 University Club Building
My dissertation research connects two genres of global writing that emerged in the immediate postwar period: development economics, which undertook to theorize and facilitate the transition from “traditional” to “modern” economies in the recently discovered “Third World”; and the postcolonial bildungsroman, which uses the coming-of-age plot to stage broader economic, political, and cultural transformations in countries that have suffered the experience of colonialism and imperialism. In this talk, I will survey the narrative politics that cohered in and around these two genres of growth during the Cold War and consider the implications of what I call “the development novel” for recent debates in postcolonial and world literature studies.
Peter Ribic is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at UW-Madison. His research focuses on the twentieth- and twenty-first-century global Anglophone novel, literature and the social sciences, postcolonial theory, and world literature studies. Ribic has taught courses in modern literature and composition at Stockholm University and UW-Madison. His research has been supported by the Departments of English at Stockholm University and UW-Madison and the UW-Madison Graduate School. He is currently completing his dissertation, “The Development Novel: World Literature and the Political Economy of Growth.”