Lowe portrait

Lisa Lowe

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Time: 4 PM
Place: Byker Auditorium, Chemistry & Biochemistry Building

Title: "Vanity Fair, the Fetishism of Colonial Commodities, and the Intimacies of Four Continents"

Sponsoring department: English


In this talk, Dr. Lowe will discuss the British East India Company trades in cotton, tea, silk and opium, in relation to Thackeray’s novel Vanity Fair. The larger book project from which this is drawn considers the convergence of colonial slavery, indentured labor, and the East Indies trades as the conditions of possibility for the emergence of liberal ideas of liberty, representative government, free labor, and free trade.

About the speaker:

Lisa Lowe is professor of English at Tufts University, and a scholar in the fields of comparative literature, American studies, Asian American studies and the cultural politics of colonialism and migration. Prior to joining Tufts in 2012, she taught in the Literature Department at UC San Diego for over two decades. She is the author of Critical Terrains: French and British Orientalisms (Cornell, 1991), Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics (Duke, 1996), and coeditor of The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital (Duke, 1997). Her book, The Intimacies of Four Continents, is forthcoming from Duke University Press.