Vilashini Cooppan: “Disciplining World Literature: History, Memory, & the Work of Worlding”

Professor Cooppan’s in-progress Race, Writing, and the Literary World System combines the economic analysis of world systems theory, world literature models of global literary movement, traditional theory and history of the novel, and psychoanalytic and philosophical studies of political affect. It explores how literary economies have helped to express, translate, shape, and contest the history of modern racial power, from slavery and empire to apartheid and the war on terror.

Vilashini Cooppan is Associate Professor of Literature, UCSC.