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Weltliteratur: Crossing Boundaries

Ph.D. in Literature Program

Friday, March 19, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Weltliteratur: Crossing Boundaries

An Interdisciplinary Conference on World Literature

The Ph.D. in Literature Program and the Nanovic Institute of European Studies at the University of Notre Dame announce a conference entitled “Weltliteratur: Crossing Boundaries,” in tribute to its objective to encourage and develop research on the place of world literature. In the last few years an increasing number of eminent scholars have been drawing attention to the manner in which the institutional division of literatures into an archipelago of disciplines enclosed in national boundaries hampers and even distorts literary studies. The publication of books like Gayatri Spivak’s Death of a Discipline and Emily Apter’s The Translation Zone demonstrates increasing dissatisfaction with the traditional model of comparative literature, and various alternate approaches to literature have surfaced: “global literature” (Jameson), “cosmopolitanism” (Robbins, Brennan, Appiah), “transationalism” (Spivak), “world literature” (Damrosch). The motivation for this event comes from Goethe’s idea of Weltliteratur: “National literature is now a rather unmeaning term; the epoch of world literature is at hand, and everyone must strive to hasten its approach.” Professor David Damrosch, Chair of Literature and World Literature at Harvard University and author of What is World Literature? and How to Read World Literature, will be the keynote speaker for the conference.

Goethe’s conception of world literature allows us to recognize that national and cultural boundaries still exist, but that literature circulates across these boundaries, helping to reshape relations among peoples. This conference is dedicated to considering literature as a space that extends beyond historical, linguistic, and traditional disciplinary boundaries and welcomes papers that approach literature as an alternative and/or minority discourse across cultural, political, national, institutional and social limitations.

The conference will consist of 22 papers, a roundtable discussion, and a keynote address. An evening reception will follow the closing remarks.

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Sponsored by the Ph.D. in Literature Program and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.

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McKenna Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46656

Friday, March 19, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Ph.D. in Literature Program

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