Vladimir Biti, Honorary President of the ICLA Committee on Literary Theory, has written Attached to Dispossession: Sacrificial Narratives in Post-imperial Europe. Building on the author’s recent edited volume Claiming the Dispossession, the book, published by Brill, focuses on the literary narratives of dispossession that emerged in response to the geopolitical reconfiguration of East Central Europe post World War I. In this turbulent environment, political sacrificial narratives found a breeding ground in which they were able to knit together the emerging frustrations and create new foundational myths. Against this backdrop, Biti interprets literary narratives of dispossession as individual and clandestine voices of opposition to the homogenizing pattern of public narratives.
Robert Young: May 1968 as a Theoretical Event
Vladimir Biti: The Ethical Appeal of the Indifferent: Maurice Blanchot and Michel Foucault
Anne Duprat: Events, Epochs and Turning-Points: Time vs. Period in Critical History
Divya Dwivedi: The Memories of Imagination
Jean Khalfa: A Theory of Subversion that Could Not Serve the Cause of Oppression? Revolution as Institutional Psychotherapy: From Fanon and Sartre to Deleuze and Guattari
Kyohei Norimatsu: Friendship in “Dark Times”: Moscow Unofficial Art after 1968
Robert Stockhammer: “We shall therefore never write about what took place or did not take place in May”: Politics of Literature, ’67/’68
Galin Tihanov: 1968: Romanticism’s longue durée
Kang Woosung: “I would prefer not not-to”: Critical Theory after Bartleby
Stefan Willer: The Future of 1968
The Department of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks a postdoctoral scholar whose research theorizes literary and cultural knowledge in relation to at least one of three main arenas: other academic disciplines, public policy, or academic institutions. Applications are welcomed from scholars in all historical periods and topic areas. Applicants must have a doctorate in English or in a proximate field awarded in 2013 or later; the degree must be in hand by September 1, 2018. Applicants with a record of excellence in both teaching and research in the theory of literary knowledge across disciplines are preferred. This postdoctoral fellowship appointment extends from 1 October 2018 through 30 September 2019.
This year’s workshop of the AILC/ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory will take place on 9–10 May in Abu Dhabi. Titled “May ’68 at 50: Politics and Literature,” the workshop will be hosted by New York University Abu Dhabi. Speakers will include Vladimir Biti, Anne Duprat, Divya Dwivedi, Jean Khalfa, Kyohei Norimatsu, Sowon Park, Robert Stockhammer, Galin Tihanov, Stefan Willer, Kang Woosung, and Robert Young. The program is forthcoming on this site.
Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu and Takayuki Yokota-Murakami, former members of the ICLA Committee on Literary Theory, have edited Policing Literary Theory, a new addition to Brill’s “TexTxet” series. Based on the Committee’s 2014 workshop in Osaka, the book features chapters by Vladimir Biti, Reingard Nethersole, Sowon Park, Marko Juvan, Kyohei Norimatsu, Péter Hajdu, Norio Sakanaka, John Zilcosky, Yvonne Howell, and the editors.
Here is a selection of studies published by current and former members of the ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory in 2017:
Raphaël Baroni, Les rouages de l’intrigue : les outils de la narratologie postclassique pour l’analyse des textes littéraires (Geneva: Slatkine);
Raphaël Baroni (co-ed. w. Samuel Estier), Les “voix” de Michel Houellebecq (Lausanne: Université de Lausanne; Paris: Fabula);
Paolo Bartoloni (and Francesco Ricatti), “David Must Fall! Decentring the Renaissance in Contemporary and Transcultural Italian Studies,” Italian Studies 72.4: 361–79;
Vladimir Biti (ed.), Claiming the Dispossession: The Politics of Hi/storytelling in Post-imperial Europe (Leiden: Brill);
Vladimir Biti, Tracing Global Democracy: Literature, Theory, and the Politics of Trauma. Second Edition (Berlin: de Gruyter);
Michel Chaouli, Thinking with Kant’s Critique of Judgment (Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP);
Ersu Ding, “Towards a Dynamic Model of the Sign”, Semiotica 218: 137–44;
Anne Duprat (ed.), Violence de l’interprétation (XVIe–XVIIe s). (Leiden: Brill);
Pier Paolo Frassinelli, “Intersecting Temporalities, Cultural (Un)translatability and African Film Aesthetics: Ntshavheni wa Luruli’s Elelwani,” Journal of African Cultural Studies 29.3: 331–44;
Jernej Habjan, “Das Kunstwerk und die Gattung als Grenzen der generischen Formen,” in Generische Formen, ed. Kirsten Maar, Frank Ruda, and Jan Völker (Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink), 177–93;
Péter Hajdu, “The Rights of Trees: On a Hungarian Short Story from 1900,” Neohelicon 44.2: 389–401;
Marko Juvan, Hibridni žanri: študije o križancih izkustva, mišljenja in literature (Ljubljana: LUD Literatura);
Djelal Kadir, “Agnotology and the Know-Nothing Party: Then and Now,” Review of International American Studies 10.1: 117–29;
Renate Lachmann (co-ed. w. Rainer Grübel and Sylvia Sasse), Michail M. Bachtin, Sprechgattungen, trans. Rainer Grübel and Alfred Sproede (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz);
Svend Erik Larsen, Literature and the Experience of Globalization (London: Bloomsbury);
Joep Leerssen (co-ed. w. Manfred Beller), The Rhine: National Tensions, Romantic Visions (Leiden: Brill);
Sowon S Park (co-ed. w. Ben Morgan and Ellen Spolsky), Situated Cognition and the Study of Culture (= Poetics Today 38.2);
Sowon S Park and Jernej Habjan, “World Literature,” in Oxford Bibliographies in Literary and Critical Theory, ed. Eugene O’Brien (New York: Oxford UP);
Anders Pettersson, The Idea of a Text and the Nature of Textual Meaning (Amsterdam: John Benjamins);
Matthew Reynolds (co-ed. w. Nicola Gardini, Adriana X. Jacobs, Ben Morgan, and Mohamed-Salah Omri), Minding Borders: Resilient Divisions in Literature, the Body and the Academy (Oxford: Legenda);
Ruth Ronen, “The Limit as Aesthetic Demonstration,” in Aesthetics Today, ed. Stefan Majetschak and Anja Weinberg (Berlin: de Gruyter), 139–52;
Monika Schmitz-Emans (co-ed. w. Stephanie Heimgartner), Komparatistische Perspektiven auf Dantes ‘Divina Commedia’ (Berlin: de Gruyter);
Monika Schmitz-Emans (co-ed. w. Petra Gehring and Kurt Röttgers), Ketten (Essen: Die blaue Eule);
Robert Stockhammer, 1967: Pop, Grammatologie und Politik (Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink);
Galin Tihanov, “On the Significance of Historical Poetics: In Lieu of a Foreword,” Poetics Today 38.3: 417–28;
Stefan Willer, “Ahnen und ahnden. Zur historischen Semantik des Vorgefühls um 1800,” Forum interdisziplinäre Begriffsgeschichte 6.1: 31–40;
Robert J. C. Young, “The Dislocations of Cultural Translation,” PMLA 132.1: 186–97;
John Zilcosky, “Learning How to Get Lost: Goethe in Italy,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 50.4: 417–35.
Svend Erik Larsen, former member of the ICLA Committee on Literary Theory, published the book Literature and the Experience of Globalization: Texts without Borders. Larsen explores how writers from Shakespeare through Goethe to Isak Dinesen, J.M. Coetzee, Amitav Ghosh, and Bruce Chatwin engage with the human dimensions of globalization. Through a wide range of close readings, he brings contemporary world literature approaches to bear on cross-cultural experiences of migration and travel, translation, memory, history, and embodied knowledge. The book, published by Bloomsbury, comes a decade after the Danish-language edition, Tekster uden grænser: Litteratur og globalisering (Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2007).