Ling Ma in Conversation with Paola Del Toro

June 11, 2020 6:00PM


Paola Del Toro (AB ’20) will interview Ling Ma (AB ’05), Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts in the Department of English Language & Literature. Ma’s debut novel, Severance, won the 2018 Kirkus Prize and the NYPL Young Lions Award and appeared on several “best books of 2018” lists. The novel recounts the details of life before and after a pandemic. Del Toro is a winner of the Department of English’s Janel Mueller prize for her thesis, "'The President Told Us All to Go Shopping:' Late Capitalist Rupture and Immigrant Recovery in Ling Ma’s Severance." Del Toro and Ma will discuss the novel, Del Toro’s critical analysis of it, and their artistic and critical work in the context of our cultural moment. This conversation will be moderated by Adrienne Brown, Associate Professor in the Department of English, who supervised Del Toro’s thesis.

Presented by the Department of English Language & Literature and the Program in Creative Writing.

Open to UChicago students, faculty, and staff.