From Emory's press release:
Salman Rushdie, Distinguished Writer in Residence in the Department of English at Emory University, will consider the process by which one art form is translated or migrates into another form and, by extension, the way people of one world are transplanted or translated into another.
It's an appropriate subject (if a bit obtuse sounding) for a man who was forced into exile in the late 1980s for his representation of Mohammed in The Satanic Verses. Cultural clashes drive much of Rushdie's writing as does contemporary pop culture.
Curt Holman noted in his feature on Rushdie last year: "If journalism is the rough draft of history, Rushdie at times treats pop culture like the rough draft of mythology. 'I've grown up with rock music, movies, TV, and see no reason not to use them as familiar reference points in my work. Once upon a time, a reading audience would be familiar with references to mythology that would now be somewhat arcane, but we have a shared storehouse of film and musical knowledge that fills that gap.'"
Rushdie spoke last July at the Carter Center about his latest book, The Enchantress of Florence. That event sold out early, so plan ahead for this one. The following evening, Rushdie will appear again at Emory to introduce Luchino Viscont's The Leopard, as part of the university's Great Novels and Great Films series.
Adaptation. Public Lecture by Salman Rushdie. Sun., Feb. 22, 5 p.m. $5-$10. Glenn Memorial Auditorium, Emory University. www.emory.edu/events.
The Leopard Mon., Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. Free. White Hall 208. 404-727-6761, www.filmstudies.emory.edu.
(Photo by Beowulf Sheehan/PEN American Center/Opale)
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