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The Intersection Faculty Book Club Summer Book Selection Discussion

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September 11, 2020 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm | Online

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Save the Date to Discuss The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy on Friday, September 11 at 4:30 p.m.

Now more than ever it is important for us to stay connected and find comfort in togetherness. We will gather together via Zoom to discuss the novel. Zoom invite will be sent closer to the event. Please feel free to “bring” your own refreshments.

Dr. Abha Sood will serve as our discussion leader. She is an African American and Postcolonial Literature Scholars. Dr. Sood has provided the thought questions below to help you reflect on the book.

  1. How do the troubled relationships–parent-child, inter-caste, intergenerational, inter-religious, intercultural–inform the plot?
  2. How do thwarted or unfulfilled desires affect personality and behavior?
  3. The political environment in Kera la and its impact on social relationships (challenge to feudal structures?).
  4. The conflict between the native language (Malayalam) and the borrowed language (English).
  5. The landscape and its influence on the narrative.
  6. Comparisons to other narratives informed by (or narrated by) a child’s view (in retrospect).

This event celebrates the interconnections between the Program in Gender and lntersectionality Studies and the Institute for Global Understanding, and is co-hosted with the English Department and the Library.

This program is designed for faculty and academic administrators. The Zoom link will be distributed by MU email on Wednesday, September 9. For questions, please send email to Dr. Lisa M. Dinella at

About the Intersection Faculty Book Club

New York Times Bestseller
The Intersection Faculty Book Club features a thought-provoking novel each break. The books selected highlight equity, gender and diversity topics. An MU scholar hosts the discussion, bringing an interdisciplinary perspective and inspiring deeper discussion. This book club is a joint venture of the Program in Gender and lntersectionality Studies, the Guggenheim Memorial Library, and the English Department.

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