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Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellow 2019 Joseph Han

Joseph Han

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellow 2019

About Joseph Han

Joseph Han was born in Seoul, South Korea and currently lives in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. He is the author of Uncrossable: Stories (YesYes Books, forthcoming September 2019). His work has appeared in Joyland Magazine, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Little Fiction, Kartika Review, and The Margins. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa, where he teaches creative writing and composition.

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The Family Saga: History and the Multi-Generational Novel
Joseph Han

Friday, February 22, 2019, 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Location: Traditions, University Club
Type: Discussion, Presentation, Seminar
Genre: Fiction, Novels

This session explores the role of history in contemporary novels—of colonialism, war, and diaspora—as events and periods become catalysts for narrative and character movement through time. It will provide an overview of the “family saga” as a narrative structure: its merits and challenges from both a reading and writing perspective. What gaps are irreconcilable or inevitable in a novel’s spanning across time and through generations of characters?