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Community Conversation: Roy Scranton's War Porn

November 18th, 2016
7:00 PM

  Archived

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Regulator Bookshop

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Join us for a community conversation about author Roy Scranton's recently-released novel, War Porn. Scranton will be in conversation with Duke University Professor, author and literary scholar, Abdul Sattar Jawad.

Co-hosted by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and The Regulator Bookshop

About War Porn:

In War Porn, three lives fit inside one another like nesting dolls: a restless young woman at an end-of-summer barbecue in Utah; an American soldier in occupied Baghdad; and Qasim al-Zabadi, an Iraqi math professor, who faces the US invasion of his country with fear, denial, and perseverance. As War Porn cuts from America to Iraq and back again, as home and hell merge, we come to see America through the eyes of the occupied, even as we see Qasim become a prisoner of the occupation. Through the looking glass of War Porn, Scranton reveals the fragile humanity that connects Americans and Iraqis, torturers and the tortured, victors and their victims.

Selected reviews:

The New Republic, August 2, 2016: "Finally, A Realistic Iraq War Novel", by Tom A. Peter
NYT, August 8, 2016: "Review: 'War Porn' Widens the Field of Vision About the Costs in Iraq", by Michiko Kakutani
LARB, August 16, 2016: "When the Hurlyburly's Done: Roy Scranton's 'War Porn'", by Sarah Hoenicke
The Millions, August 10, 2016: "A Different Kind of Iraq Novel: 'War Porn'", by Adam Fleming Petty
Time Now blog: "Right on Time, Five Years Later: Roy Scranton's War Porn". By Peter Molin
The Intercept, August 7, 2016: "A Veteran Novel That Finds No Redemption in War", by Elliott Colla
Electric Literature: "The Supply and Demand of War", by Matthew J. Hefti

A music playlist compiled by Roy Scranton to accompany War Porn, for the "Largehearted Boy" blog's "Booknotes"

Roy Scranton

University of Notre Dame

Roy Scranton is the author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of Civilization, co-editor of Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. His essays, articles, and reviews have been published in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, The Nation, and elsewhere. He holds an MA in Liberal Studies from the New School for Social Research and a PhD in English from Princeton, was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Science at Rice University, and recently joined the faculty at the University of Notre Dame as assistant professor of English. His current scholarly project is on the politics of trauma in American World War II literature. His Iraq war novel, War Porn, was released in summer 2016 by Soho Press.

Abdul Sattar Jawad

Duke University

Abdul Sattar Jawad (known also as 'Al-Mamouri') is an Iraqi-born Professor of Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. He received a Ph.D in English Literature and Journalism, London's City University (UK). He has been a Barksdale Fellow at the University of Mississippi Honors College; a Visiting Professor at the Department of English and American Language and Literature, Harvard University; and a scholar at the John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies at Duke University. Before coming to Duke, he was Dean of College of Arts Mustansiriya University in Baghdad and edited the Baghdad Mirror. Apart from teaching Arabic and English Literature, he is an expert on the works of T. S. Eliot and those of William Shakespeare. He has translated Eliot's "Waste Land" into Arabic. He is also an expert on Iraqi media and academia. Jawad has written 14 books on literature and media, and has edited several literary magazines and newspapers in English and Arabic.