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Paris (@ Zoom) 2021: final program

The AILC/ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory is proud to share the final program of its annual workshop for 2021, which will take place on 17–19 June on Zoom under the title “Theorizing Chance.” The workshop will be hosted by the University of Paris 3 and the ALEA network and chaired by Anne Duprat and Alexandre Gefen. Please email Sébastien Wit at sebastien.wit[at] to obtain the Zoom link for the event.

Livres de voix : narrations pluralistes et démocratie

Alexandre Gefen, member of the ICLA theory committee, and Frédérique Leichter-Flack have organized the conference Livres de voix : narrations pluralistes et démocratie (Books of Voice: Pluralist Narratives and Democracy). The conference is to take place on October 1, 2021, at Science Po in Paris. The aim is to rethink the notion of democracy from the perspective of narrative polyphony and its use between the polyphonic novel of the nineteenth century and the polyphonic non-fiction of the twenty-first. Abstracts of 3000–5000 characters along with brief bioblurbs are to be sent to and before May 31, 2021.

Paris (@ Zoom) 2021: Theorizing Chance

This year’s workshop of the AILC/ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory will take place on 17–19 June on Zoom under the title “Theorizing Chance: How Does Literary Theory Deal with Contingency?” It will be hosted by the University of Paris 3 and the ALEA network, and chaired by Anne Duprat and Alexandre Gefen. Other speakers will include Zaal Andronikashvili, Vladimir Biti, Divya Dwivedi, Jernej Habjan, Julia Jordan, Maya Issam Kesrouany, Karin Kukkonen, Xiaofan Amy Li, Robert Stockhammer, Susanne Strätling, Stefan Willer, and Robert J. C. Young. The program is forthcoming on this site.

Reynolds (PI): Prismatic Jane Eyre blog

Committee member Matthew Reynolds and honorary Committee president Sowon Park have gathered a group of researches to read Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre as it exists in numerous editions around the world, including those in English. The result, “Prismatic Jane Eyre,” is available online as an interactive website that recently launched its blog. Led by Reynolds, the project is funded by the AHRC as part of the Prismatic Translation strand within the Open World Research Initiative program in Creative Multilingualism, and it is hosted by the Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation Research Centre. The prismatic approach itself was the topic of the Committee’s 2016 workshop and edited volume.

Publications 2020

Here is a selection of studies published by current and former members of the ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory in 2020:

Raphaël Baroni (co-ed. w. Claus Gunti), Introduction à l’étude des cultures numériques (Paris: Armand Colin);

Vladimir Biti, “Post-imperial Europe: Integration through Disintegration,” European Review 28.1: 62–75;

Luiz Costa Lima, “‘Blanco’: A Version of Mallarmé’s Heritage,” in Transpoetic Exchange, ed. Marília Librandi, Jamille Pinheiro Dias, and Tom Winterbottom (Lewisburg: Bucknell UP), 62–72;

Divya Dwivedi (ed.), L’Inde : colossale et capitale (= Critique 872–73);

Angela Esterhammer, Print and Performance in the 1820s: Improvisation, Speculation, Identity (Cambridge: Cambridge UP);

Alexandre Gefen (co-ed. w. Sandra Laugier), Le pouvoir des liens faibles (Paris: CNRS Éditions);

Jernej Habjan, Ordinary Literature Philosophy (London: Bloomsbury);

Péter Hajdu, “East-Central Europe in Comparative Literature Studies: Introduction,” Neohelicon 47.2: 595–601;

Marko Juvan, “Literature, Theory and Politics of the Long ’68: The Last Season of Modernism and Peripherality,” European Review,;

Woosung Kang, “Bartleby and the Abyss of Potentiality,” Concentric 46.2: 37–61;

Ulrike Kistner (co-ed. w. Philippe Van Haute), Violence, Slavery and Freedom between Hegel and Fanon (Johannesburg: Wits UP);

Svend Erik Larsen (ed.), Mind the Gap: Bridging Secondary and Higher Education (= European Review 28.S1);

Françoise Lavocat, “Dido Meets Aeneas: Anachronism, Alternative History, Counterfactual Thinking and the Idea of Fiction,” Journal of Literary Theory 14.2: 194–214;

Joep Leerssen, “Cultural Mobility and Political Mobilization: Transnational Dynamics, National Action,” in The First World War and the Nationality Question in Europe, ed. Xosé M. Núñez Seixas (Leiden: Brill), 17–36;

Reingard Nethersole, “Language in Limbo: Being Suspended between Consolation and Control,” Philosophy and Rhetoric 53.3: 306–11;

Matthew Reynolds (ed.), Prismatic Translation (Cambridge: Legenda);

Silvina Rodrigues Lopes, “Of Literature as a Composition of the Disparate and its Political Implications,” Portuguese Studies 36.2: 132–46;

Ruth Ronen, “Possible Worlds,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature,;

Monika Schmitz-Emans, Zeitungstheater. Über Bühnen und Akteure von Humorblättern und Comicbeilagen um 1900 (Hannover: Wehrhahn Verlag);

Robert Stockhammer (co-ed. w. Thomas Erthel), Welt-Komposita (Paderborn: Fink Verlag);

Galin Tihanov, “Revisiting Lukács’ Theory of Realism,” Thesis Eleven 159.1: 57–63;

Dominique Vaugeois, “Se situer pour s’instituer. Le sujet et son territoire dans les écrits sur l’art de Maryline Desbiolles,” in Territoires de la non-fiction, ed. Alexandre Gefen (Leiden: Brill), 353–68;

Darío Villanueva, “Posverdad y distopía,” Revista de Estudos Literários 10: 673-95;

Stefan Willer, “‘Sey geduldig, du bist schuldig’. Poetische Schuldtransfers bei Clemens Brentano,” KulturPoetik 20.1: 59–77;

Robert J. C. Young, Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction. Second Edition (Oxford: Oxford UP);

John Zilcosky, “Freud träumt von Rider Haggard,” in Abenteuer in der Moderne, 91–104.

Gefen & Laugier (ed.): Le Pouvoir des liens faibles

Alexandre Gefen, member of the ICLA theory committee, has co-edited, with Sandra Laugier, the book Le Pouvoir des liens faibles (The Power of Weak Ties). Published by CNRS Éditions, the volume reconsiders Mark Granovetter’s concept of weak ties to address intersubjective relations in the era of new social media, new urban spaces, a new environmentalism, and a new notion of the commons. The contributions are organized into four parts: “The Knowledge of Weak Ties,” “The Politics of Weak Ties,” “Forms of Attachment,” and “Weak Ties and Intimacy.”

The Political Uses of Literature

The Political Uses of Literature: Comparative Approaches, Theoretical Perspectives is an online conference organized by the members of the “Globalization and Literature” research team at the University of Munich, which is chaired by Robert Stockhammer, former President of the ICLA Committee on Literary Theory. Taking place on February 5–6 on Zoom, the conference will feature papers by Hunter Bivens, Sandra Fluhrer, Steven Lee, Aurore Peyreles, Gabriel Rockhill, Rebecca Unterberger, and Dirk Wiemann, as well as Galin Tihanov, who is also a former Committee President. Please email the organizers, Ivana Perica ( and Benjamin Kohlmann (, for the Zoom link and for precirculated papers.

Schmitz-Emans: Zeitungstheater

Monika Schmitz-Emans, former member of the ICLA theory committee, published the book Zeitungstheater: Über Bühnen und Akteure von Humorblättern und Comicbeilagen um 1900. Available at Wehrhahn Verlag, the book traces the influence of popular theater forms on late-nineteenth-century satirical magazines in English and German. It shows how the turn to the spectacular played itself out in graphic narratives as the turn from the mise-en-page to the mise-en-scène.

Stockhammer & Erthel (ed.): Welt-Komposita

Robert Stockhammer, Former and Honorary President of the ICLA Committee on Literary Theory, has co-edited, with Thomas Erthel, the lexicon Welt-Komposita (World-Compounds). Available with Fink Verlag, this German-language book offers some sixty chapters written in the area between the essay and etymology to test the hypothesis that there is no world without world-compounds, such as Weltgeschichte (world history), Halbwelt (demiworld), or Weltanschauung (worldview)—or, indeed, Welt-Komposita.