Subject: Speaker Series - Dr. Simon Wickhamsmith, November 27th, 5:30 pm, Children's Book Palace

ACMS Speaker Series
Gal: Mongolian Underground Literature during the Late 1970's
Speaker: Simon Wickhamsmith, Ph.D, Ts.Damdinsüren Fellow in Mongolian Language & Literature at MUIS

5:30 PM, Wednesday-November 27th, 2013, CHILDREN'S BOOK PALACE, ULAANBAATAR
Rear entrance next to the Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery (follow this link to map)
1970s was a period of remarkable growth in the Mongolian literary scene. The influence of B.Yavuuhulan and his promotion of traditional themes in poetry meant that many young poets, likewise motivated by the preservation of tradition and the development of a modern approach to this question, came together in order to discuss and write about these ideas, notwithstanding the effects of official censorship on their personal expression.
This presentation will discuss the formation, influence and work of the Gal (Fire) group, which was active in the late 1970s and early 1980s. These poets, headed by G.Mend-Ooyo and including O.Dashbalbar and D.Nyamsüren, came to dominate the poetry scene during the subsequent ten or fifteen years, and their work is vital for a proper understanding of recent literary history in Mongolia.
About Speaker
Simon Wickhamsmith received his PhD from the University of Washington, with a dissertation on G.Mend-Ooyo's poetic novel Altan Ovoo. He is currently the Ts.Damdinsüren Fellow in Mongolian Language and Literature at MUIS.

Presentation will be held at the Children's Book Palace, located next to the Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery
American Center for Mongolian Studies, 642 Williams Hall, 255 S. 36th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States
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