Stories to the Distant Reader: Shaping Cultural Narratives in Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Hannah Perry Taylor University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Nancy Dayton Taylor University
The contemporary novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien depicts characters who, through subversive approaches to storytelling and meaning-making, refute the stereotypes attributed to them by oppressive sociopolitical systems (namely, the Communist Party under the control of Chairman Mao Zedong). Extending through families, generations, and countries, the story complicates listeners’ initial assumptions about individual and cultural mechanisms.
English Literature & Creative Writing
Oral Presentation

When & Where

11:00 AM
Jordan Hall 303