Global Voices: Second-Rate Writing from Third World Countries?

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Of course the question mark is there in the title because I do not think the writing is Second-rate at all.

Nor am I happy with the description ‘Third world country’, with its implicite valuation of a place as not the best, nor even the second best, but making a third rank. But both these rankings imply a ‘first rate’ writing and a ‘first world’ country, the ‘relationship between which is at the centre of this lecture.

The relationship calls upon a notion of national literatures and national identities; and necessarily also asks how individuals and writers relate to those national identities, and how the people living in those nations relate to either or both.

The basic questions I would like to work around in this lecture are these: do artists represent us culturally? and, is the artist a cultural hero?

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This event was on Wed, 29 Oct 1997

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Professor Lynette Hunter

Professor of Rhetoric

Lynette Hunter was the Gresham Professor of Rhetoric between 1997 and 2000.

She is currently Professor of the History and Rhetoric of Performance at the...

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