Jernej Habjan, former member of the ICLA theory committee, has edited Writing the Himalaya in Polish and Slovenian, a special issue of Slavica TerGestina. The volume features ten articles on mountaineering literature, a genre that is as popular as it is under-researched. Examining writings by Polish and Slovenian pioneers of post-war Himalayan climbing, contributors approach mountaineering as the sport that takes more lives than any the other sport, while also giving us more autobiographies than any other sport—autobiographies that in turn give us new mountaineers.
György C. Kálmán, researcher at the Institute for Literary Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and former member of the ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory, died on October 17, 2021. György will be greatly missed.
Renate Lachmann, former member of the ICLA theory committee, has authored Rhetorik und Wissenspoetik: Studien zu Texten von Athanasius Kircher bis Miljenko Jergović (Rhetoric and Knowledge Poetics: From Athanasius Kircher to Miljenko Jergović). Published by transcript, the book looks at those concepts of literary theory that have only shaped once they crossed the various borders between the East and the West. These include neo-rhetorical concepts such as estrangement and intertextuality as well as notions of classical rhetoric (memoria, evidentia, etc.).
Panel of the AILC–ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory at the AILC–ICLA International Congress “Re-Imagining Literatures of the World: Global and Local, Mainstreams and Margins” (Tbilisi, 24–29 July 2022)
Wednesday, July 27
15:00–16:30 (Georgia Standard Time), Session 1
Theoretical and Philosophical Aspects
Chair: Robert Young
Divya Dwivedi: Marginalysis
Karin Kukkonen: Thinking Outside the Box: Theorizing Marginality through Creativity
Ivana Perica: The “Imperative to Right” and the Right to Marginality
17:00–18:30, Session 2
Theoretical and Philosophical Aspects (continued)
Chair: Stefan Willer
Esra Almas: Minor not Marginal: Contemporary Jewish Memory Writing in Turkey
Rok Benčin: Fiction and the Conflict of Worlds
Robert J.C. Young: Blanked: Being at the Margin
Thursday, July 28
10:00–11:30 (Georgia Standard Time), Session 3
Chair: Divya Dwivedi
Alexandre Gefen: Biofiction: The Worldwide Rise of a Rogue Genre
Woosung Kang: The Idea of Minor Cinema in East Asia
Xiaofan Amy Li: Contemporary Poetry, the Marginal Elite in World Literature?
12:00–13:30, Session 4
Aesthetics, Language and Translation
Chair: Alexandre Gefen
Zaal Andronikashvili: The Language of World Literature: Nikolai Marr’s Utopian Linguistics
Mariam Popal: Listening – A Critical Reading vis-à-vis the O/other of the Self
Tiphaine Samoyault: Translation of Minor Languages: Notes and Glossaries
15:00–16:30, Session 5
Aesthetics, Language and Translation (continued)
Chair: Robert Young
Elisabeth Weber: Margins, Borders, Tendrils, Twines: Thinking with Plants as Cosmopolitics
Stefan Willer: Strange Cases
Followed by the ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory Business Meeting for members of the Committee.
Meeting ID: 938 7132 5110
Meeting ID: 969 3016 5477
The draft program of the 2022 workshop of the AILC/ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory is available at the “Workshops” page of the Committee website. Titled “Theorizing Marginality,” the workshop will be held from 27–28 July in hybrid format as part of the twenty-third triennial congress of the AILC/ICLA, which will take place from 24–29 July in Tbilisi.
“Theorizing Chance,” the 2021 workshop of the AILC/ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory, is going to be revisited in the framework of the 2022 congress of ALEA, titled “Figures du hasard / Figures of Chance.” Chaired by Anne Duprat and Alexandre Gefen, the new installment of the workshop will take place on 9 June 2022 in Paris (54 bd Raspail, Salle B1-01). For the link to remote participation, please email Louise Dehondt at email@example.com.
The organizers of the forthcoming congress of the ICLA have announced that the congress is going to be held in a hybrid format. This includes the workshop of the ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory. Any further updates will be available on the congress website.
This year’s workshop of the AILC/ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory will be held as part of the twenty-third triennial congress of the AILC/ICLA, which will take place from 24–29 July in Tbilisi. Titled “Theorizing Marginality,” the workshop will be hosted by the Ivane Javakhisvhili Tbilisi State University and the Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature. The program is forthcoming on this site.
Divya Dwivedi, member of the ICLA theory committee, is the editor of Virality of Evil: Philosophy in the Time of a Pandemic. The volume, published with Rowman & Littlefield, invites us to revaluate the notion of evil, valorizing it as perhaps the only notion through which philosophy can reflect on the pandemic. This is a collective meditation that takes a plural approach to the sufferings of different parts of the world, deploying a stance dedicated to place and specificity. Their distinct contributions arise from multiple traditions, with voices from within and beyond the so-called Western canon.
Here is a selection of studies published by current and former members of the ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory in 2021:
Zaal Andronikashvili, “The Multilingualism of National Literatures: The Georgian-German Author Giwi Margwelaschwili (1927–2020),” German Quarterly 94.3: 375–77;
Raphaël Baroni, “Of Mice as Men: A Transmedial Perspective on Fictionality,” Narrative 29.1: 91–113;
Rok Benčin, “Distant Immediacy: Badiou and Rancière on May ’68 and Its Consequences,” European Review 29.6: 714–24;
Vladimir Biti (co-ed. w. Joep Leerssen and Vivian Liska), The Idea of Europe: The Clash of Projections (Leiden: Brill);
Marco Caracciolo and Karin Kukkonen, With Bodies: Narrative Theory and Embodied Cognition (Columbus: The Ohio State UP);
Michel Chaouli et al. (ed.), Poetic Critique: Encounters with Art and Literature (Berlin: De Gruyter);
Anne Duprat (et. al.), “Routes into Realism,” in Landscapes of Realism: Rethinking Literary Realism in Comparative Perspectives. Vol. 1, ed. Dirk Göttsche, Rosa Mucignat, and Robert Weninger (Amsterdam: John Benjamins), 103–90;
Divya Dwivedi (and Shaj Mohan), “The Community of the Forsaken: A Response to Agamben and Nancy,” in Coronavirus, Psychoanalysis, and Philosophy, ed. Fernando Castrillón and Thomas Marchevsky (London: Routledge), 31–34;
Pier Paolo Frassinelli, “Joburg without Joburg: The Black South African Romcom,” Social Dynamics 47.1: 37–52;
Alexandre Gefen, L’idée de littérature : de l’art pour l’art aux écritures d’intervention (Paris: Èditions Corti);
Jernej Habjan (ed.), May 68 at Fifty: Politics and Literature (= Interventions 23.3);
Péter Hajdu, “Mór Jókai’s Asian Utopia(s),” World Literature Studies 13.2: 56–68;
Hermann Herlinghaus, “Octavio Paz, Carlos Castaneda y la búsqueda de otra dimensión de la realidad,” iMex 10.1: 91–106;
Eva Horn, “Tipping Points: The Anthropocene and Covid-19,” in Pandemics, Politics, and Society, ed. Gerard Delanty (Berlin: De Gruyter), 123–38;
Marko Juvan, “Literature, Theory and Politics of the Long ’68,” European Review 29.6: 738–51;
Ulrike Kistner, “Translation as Metaphor and as Task: Vicissitudes of Translation between Freud, Laplanche, and Benjamin,” Philosophy Today 65.1: 125–43;
Renate Lachmann, “Wahn, Aber-Witz und Scharfsinn,” in Wahn, Witz und Wirklichkeit: Poetik und Episteme des Wahns vor 1800, ed. Nina Nowakowski and Mireille Schnyder (Leiden: Brill), 171–206;
Françoise Lavocat, “Portals of Fiction,” in Fictionality, Factuality, and Reflexivity Across Discourses and Media, ed. Erika Fülöp (Berlin: De Gruyter), 70–87;
Joep Leerssen (ed.), Parnell and His Times (Cambridge: Cambridge UP);
Ruth Ronen, “Aesthetic Community,” Dialogue 60.2: 319–36;
Tiphaine Samoyault (w. Marielle Macé and Philippe Roger), “L’agonistique du traduire,” Critique 886: 237–50;
Monika Schmitz-Emans, “The Book as Reading Machine and as Black Box,” in Refresh the Book, ed. Viola Hildebrand-Schat, Katarzyna Bazarnik, and Christoph Benjamin Schulz (Leiden: Brill), 71–91;
Robert Stockhammer, Reisen zwischen Abenteuer und Rasterung (Leiden: Brill);
Susanne Strätling, The Hand at Work: The Poetics of Poiesis in the Russian Avant-Garde, trans. Alexandra Berlina (Brighton, MA: Academic Studies P);
Galin Tihanov, “Exilic Inscriptions: Migration and the Resistance to (World) Theory,” differences 32.1: 126–49;
Dominique Vaugeois (co-ed. w. Sylvain Dreyer), La critique d’art à l’écran (tome 2) : filmer la littérature (Villeneuve d’Ascq: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion);
Elisabeth Weber (w. Jennifer Ballengee and David Kelman), “Literature, the Humanities, and Political Action: A Conversation with Elisabeth Weber,” in Trauma and Literature in an Age of Globalization, ed. Jennifer Ballengee and David Kelman (New York: Routledge), 157–78;
Stefan Willer, “‘Ahndungsvolle Beleuchtungʼ. Funktionen des Wetters in Goethes Herrmann und Dorothea,” in Verfahren literarischer Wetterdarstellung, ed. Urs Büttner and Michael Gamper (Berlin: De Gruyter), 69–88;
Robert J. C. Young, “May 1968: Anticolonial Revolution for a Decolonial Future,” Interventions 23.3: 432–47;
John Zilcosky, The Language of Trauma: War and Technology in Hoffmann, Freud, and Kafka (Toronto: U of Toronto P).