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.

Publications 2019

Here is a selection of studies published by current and former members of the ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory in 2019:

Raphaël Baroni, “The Relevance of Irrelevance in Mimetic Narratives,” in Relevance and Narrative Research, ed. Matei Chihaia and Katharina Rennhak (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books), 109–22;

Paolo Bartoloni, “Transversal Spaces: The Intersection of Renaissance and Contemporary Art in Florence,” Journal of Modern Italian Studies 24.3: 483–511;

Vladimir Biti, “Almost the Same but Not Quite: Kafka and His ‘Assignees’,” Word and Text 9: 161–75;

Assumpta Camps, “Out of the Dominant Political Agenda: Translation and Interpreting Networks for Social Activism,” Transfer 14: 9–23;

Anne Duprat, “Cadres vides et fausses promesses. Le gothique en trompe-l’œil chez Jane Austen et George Eliot,” in L’Ombre d’un doute : nuan­ces et détours de l’inter­pré­ta­tion. Pour François Lecercle, ed.  Emmanuelle Hénin and Clotilde Thouret (Paris: Editions des archi­ves contem­po­rai­nes), 327–36;

Divya Dwivedi (w. Shaj Mohan), Gandhi and Philosophy: On Theological Anti-Politics (London: Bloomsbury);

Angela Esterhammer, “The Reception of Blake in Switzerland,” in The Reception of William Blake in Europe, vol. 1, ed. Morton D. Paley and Sibylle Erle (London: Bloomsbury), 299–309;

Pier Paolo Frassinelli, Borders, Media Crossings and the Politics of Translation (Abingdon: Routledge);

Alexandre Gefen (co- ed. w. Cornelia Ruhe and Oana Panaïte), Fictions “françaises” (= Revue critique de fixxion française contemporaine 19);

Jernej Habjan, “The Global Process of Thinking Global Literature: From Marx’s Weltliteratur to Sarkozy’s littérature-monde, Journal of Global History 14.3: 395–412;

Péter Hajdu, “World Drama, Neohelicon 46.1: 1–6;

Eva Horn (w. Hannes Bergthaller), The Anthropocene: Key Issues for the Humanities (London: Routledge);

Marko Juvan, Worlding a Peripheral Literature (London: Palgrave Macmillan);

György C. Kálmán, Descriptions in Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Primerjalna književnost 42.2: 65–78;

Ulrike Kistner (w. Anthony Court), Polycracy as an A-system of Rule? Politeia 38.1: 120;

Renate Lachmann, Lager und Literatur: Zeugnisse des GULAG (Konstanz: Konstanz UP);

Svend Erik Larsen,Monsters and Human Solitude, in Monsters and Monstrosity : From the Canon to the Anti-Canon, ed. Daniela Carpi (Berlin: De Gruyter), 35–44;

Françoise Lavocat, “Possible Worlds, Virtual Worlds,” in Possible Worlds Theory and Contemporary Narratology, ed. Alice Bell and Marie-Laure Ryan (Lincoln: U of Nebraska P), 27295;

Joep Leerssen, “Regionalism in the Low Countries,” in Regionalism and Modern Europe, ed. Xosé M. Núñez Seixas and Eric Storm (London: Bloomsbury), 21331;

Walter Moser, Robert Musil : La mise à l’essai du roman (Paris: Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l’homme);

Kyohei Norimatsu, “空間の不安 : 一九八九年とロシア・ナショナリズムの比較文明学 (1989), 思想 1146: 93109;

Sowon S. Park (w. Kathryn Laing), “Writing the Vote: Suffrage, Gender and Politics,” in British Literature in Transition, 1920–1940, ed. Charles Ferrall and Dougal McNeill (Cambridge: Cambridge UP), 91–107;

Bo Pettersson, “Between the Street and the Drawing Room,” in The Materiality of Literary Narratives in Urban History, ed. Lieven Ameel, Jason Finch, Silja Laine, and Richard Dennis (Abingdon: Routledge), 1938;

Matthew Reynolds (w. Dennis Duncan, Stephen Harrison, and Katrin Kohl), Babel: Adventures in Translation (Oxford: Bodleian Publishing);

Phillip Rothwell, “Carmen Pereira’s Os meus três amores: The Voice of Militant Motherhood in Guinea-Bissau, Journal of Romance Studies 19.3: 511–25;

Monika Schmitz-Emans (ed.), Literatur, Buchgestaltung und Buchkunst (Berlin: De Gruyter);

Galin Tihanov, The Birth and Death of Literary Theory: Regimes of Relevance in Russia and Beyond (Stanford: Stanford UP);

Galin Tihanov (co-ed. w. Dieter Lamping), Vergleichende Weltliteraturen / Comparative World Literatures (Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler).

Stefan Willer (co-ed. w. Arne Stollberg, Stephan Ahrens, and Jörg Königsdorf), Oper und Film (Munich: Edition text+kritik);

Stefan Willer (co-ed. w. Johannes Becker, Benjamin Bühler, and Sandra Pravica), Zukunftssicherung (Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag);

Takayuki Yokota-Murakami, “Translation and Comparative Literature,Pacific Coast Philology 54.1: 56–73;

Robert J.C. Young, “Theory, Philosophy, Literature,” in French Thought and Literary Theory in the UK, ed. Irving Goh (New York: Routledge), 1–14;

John Zilcosky (co-ed. w. Marlo A. Burks), The Allure of Sports in Western Culture (Toronto: U of Toronto P).

Lachmann: Lager und Literatur

Renate Lachmann, former member of the ICLA theory committee, has authored Lager und Literatur: Zeugnisse des GULAG (Labor Camp and Literature: Testimonies of the Gulag). Published by Konstanz University Press, the book develops a poetics of labor camp literature. It is interested in the genres, styles, facts, fiction, and other formal principles selected by writers to translate their memories of physical and psychic danger into readable texts. Throughout its 500 pages, Lachmann’s book upholds a balance between the literary and the documentary to restore a crucial dimension of the history of labor camps.

Juvan: Worlding a Peripheral Literature

Marko Juvan, former member of the ICLA theory committee, has authored the book Worlding a Peripheral Literature. The book contests the view that texts can be attributed global importance irrespective of their origin, language, and position in the international book market. Focusing on Slovenian literature, it addresses world literature’s canonical function in the nineteenth-century process of establishing European letters as national literatures. The book is part of “Canon and World Literature,”  a new Palgrave Macmillan series edited by Zhang Longxi.