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Jhumpa Lahiri - New Languages/Old Worlds: the Self in Translation

October 6, 2020
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Join novelist Jhumpa Lahiri, in a conversation about her experience as a self-described “linguistic exile”. As someone who grew up in the interface of two disparate languages, Jhumpa Lahiri has elected to read and write exclusively in a new one: Italian. Though her mother tongue was Bengali, she moved from London at the age of two to Rhode Island, and went on to conduct the entirety of her extensive education in English. Despite her academic background and the fact that almost all of her acclaimed literary achievements to date have been in English, she now only reads and writes in Italian and has said: “English denotes a heavy burdensome aspect of my past. I’m tired of it.” Ms. Lahiri will speak about her linguistic odyssey and her conscious and at times arduous adoption of an entirely new language.

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Free and open to the public, however registration is required to receive Zoom link. 

Hosted by the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine at Columbia University.