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'In Analysis: the work of Hanif Kureishi', a conversation and reading from 'Work in Progress'

The conference presented a unique opportunity to reflect on the significance of Kureishi's achievements, bringing together the foremost Kureishi scholars, critics working on modern and contemporary fiction and Hanif Kureishi himself.

Posted: 19 March 2012

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Hanif Kureishi with academics and students

The University of Roehampton recently hosted 'In Analysis: the work of Hanif Kureishi', a conversation and reading from 'Work in Progress'. Invited speakers included: Geoffrey Boucher (Deakin University, Australia), Peter Childs (University of Gloucestershire), and Susie Thomas (independent).

Hanif Kureishi is one of the most exciting and provocative writers of his generation. He has written across many different genres and is a key, and often controversial, critic of our contemporary culture; recently claiming that ‘We’re all mixed-race now.’ This conference presented a unique opportunity to reflect on the significance of Kureishi’s achievements, bringing together the foremost Kureishi scholars, critics working on modern and contemporary fiction and Hanif Kureishi himself.

Screenings of rare footage, an exclusive viewing of archival material and a special session with Kureishi’s creative collaborators were included in the conference programme. Short papers were given on Kureishi’s writing focusing on specific texts/periods or addressing his relation to genre and cultural hybridity; music and the popular imagination; (international) reception; screenwriting, adaptation and ‘genetic’ approaches; place, space and London; postcolonial criticism and beyond; documentary fiction, autobiography and life writing; psychoanalysis; gender and sexuality; morality and ethics; class and Englishness.

In addition, Hanif Kureishi read from work in progress and discussed his career with Sebastian Groes (Roehampton) and Susan Fischer (The City University of New York). This event was free and took place in the Portrait Room, Grove House.

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