Ganguly with Fiston Mwanza Mujila

Avishek Ganguly (Assistant Professor, Literary Arts & Studies) recently participated in a literary event at the French American School, Providence, R.I.

On Friday September 25, the French American School hosted a literary discussion with visiting Congolese writer, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, author of Tram 83. The discussion of the author’s work was led by French American School parent, Avishek Ganguly, who is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Literary Arts and Studies at Rhode Island School of Design. His questions explored the ways that language is shaped by culture, politics, and geography.  Dr. Ganguly asked his students to compare and contrast the perspective of Fiston Mujila with Joseph Conrad, as they had recently studied Heart of Darkness in class. The event sparked a compelling comparison because both authors wrote about the same region in the Democratic Republic of Congo and used geography as an expressive vehicle in their work. >>more