Global Publishing and the Making of Literary Worlds

Jernej Habjan, member and webmaster of the ICLA Committee on Literary Theory, is a member of the 2020–2021 cohort of the Fung Global Fellows at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. On 4–6 June 2021, the Institute, together with Princeton UP and the ICLA, will host Global Publishing and the Making of Literary Worlds: Translation, Media, and Mobility. Convened by ICLA President, Professor Sandra Bermann, this will be an online early-career conference conceived to enable early-career scholars to discuss their book proposals with editors at global academic presses. ICLA Executive Committee scholars, Princeton faculty, and global publishers will serve as keynote speakers and panelists. Formats will include individual plenary speakers; panels of publishers, authors, and translators; workshops; and one-on-one coaching sessions. Submission deadline is 15 October 2020.

Esterhammer: Print and Performance in the 1820s

Angela Esterhammer, former Secretary of the ICLA theory committee, is the author of a new addition to the Cambridge Studies in Romanticism series. Titled Print and Performance in the 1820s: Improvisation, Speculation, Identity, the book shows how bestselling literature, popular theater, and periodical journalism self-consciously experimented with new media. Providing new contexts for figures such as Byron and Scott, and recovering the work of lesser-known contemporaries, Print and Performance in the 1820s explores the era’s influential representations of the way identity is constructed, performed, and perceived.

Sangjin Park receives the Premio Flaiano di Italianistica

Sangjin Park, former member of the Committee on Literary Theory and current member of the AILC-ICLA Executive Council, has been awarded the Premio Flaiano di Italianistica—La cultura italiana nel mondo 2020 for his book on The Divine Comedy as Dante’s spoken epic. The book, entitled Dante ga ilgeojuneun sinkok in Korean, was published in 2019 by Hangilsa, a publishing house based in Seoul. The book rereads Dante’s Divine Comedy by highlighting the acoustic images of its language. It emphasizes the necessity to read the Comedy, a handwritten manuscript from the pre-Gutenberg era, by focusing on its acoustic letters.

Habjan: Ordinary Literature Philosophy

Jernej Habjan, member of the ICLA theory committee, has published Ordinary Literature Philosophy, the first book-length Lacanian reading of J. L. Austin’s ordinary language philosophy as it has been received in the continental tradition by Jacques Derrida and Judith Butler as well as by Jacques Rancière and Oswald Ducrot. In this tradition, Austin’s general theory of speech acts has been neglected on behalf of his special theory of the performative as well as upgraded with a new attention to the literary and the aesthetic. The book was published by Bloomsbury Academic.

Dwivedi et al.: UNESCO webinar on COVID-19

Committee member Divya Dwivedi and Shaj Mohan have organized a webinar for UNESCO entitled “Is It Possible to Talk of Evil in the Time of the Pandemic?” Scheduled for June 29, June 30, and July 1, 2020, the webinar aims to open a conversation about the diseases of the world through the concept of evil. It is intended to reflect on the importance of advancing philosophy and the human sciences in general to deepen the understanding of the ongoing pandemic and the global transformations taking place.

Paris 2020: Theorizing Chance

This year’s workshop of the AILC/ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory will take place on 19–20 June in Paris 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, Divya Dwivedi, Jernej Habjan, Julia Jordan, Maya Issam Kesrouany, Karin Kukkonen, Xiaofan Amy Li, Susanne Strätling, Stefan Willer, and Robert J. C. Young. The program is forthcoming on this site.

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