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Conference Schedule 2019

Conference Schedule 2019

Friday, February 22, 2019, 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


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

Date(s): Friday, February 22, 2019, 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Location: 
Traditions, University Club (view map)
Type(s): 
Discussion, Presentation, Seminar
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Novels
Tags: Novel, Plot, Character, Point of View, Narration, Flashbacks, Family, History, Colonialism, War, Diaspora

About the Session

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? Through brief close readings of novel excerpts by Min Jin Lee and Shawna Yang Ryan, among others, we will observe how narrators and characters of family sagas negotiate memory and forgetting through shifting point-of-views, revelatory backstory, and flashbacks as they may hamper or move along a novel’s plot.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellow 2019 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.