Creating Home

National Literature as a Window on Belonging

April 11th 2019
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Venue: Department of Sociology and Social Research, via Verdi, 26 - Trento,  Meeting Room – III floor
Time: 4 pm


  • Peggy Levitt  -  Wellesley College and Harvard University


  • Paolo Boccagni - Università degli Studi di Trento


In this paper, I explore how “national literature” is used to create, reinvent, and reposition the nation vis á vis the globe.  Using the cases of Lebanon, Argentina, and South Korea, I explore how these different kinds of nations produce different kinds of national literatures, who is included as a national writer, and what kinds of work national literature is expected to do.  I examine the conditions under which national literature enables countries to cope with immigration and to scale shift, or claim a more prominent position, in the global cultural hierarchy

The seminar takes place within the framework of the HOMInG project - The Home-Migration Nexus -