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.
Stefan Willer, Secretary of the ICLA theory committee, has co-edited two collective volumes: Oper und Film (Opera and Film), with co-editors Arne Stollberg, Stephan Ahrens, and Jörg Königsdorf; and Zukunftssicherung (Insuring the Future), with co-editors Johannes Becker, Benjamin Bühler, and Sandra Pravica. Published with Edition text+kritik, the former volume presents the complex liaison between opera and film from Puccini’s acknowledgment of film to the television opera of today. And the latter book, which appeared with Transcript Verlag, tackles the political and cultural problematics of the insurance of the future.
Eva Horn, former member of the ICLA theory committee, and Hannes Bergthaller have written the book The Anthropocene: Key Issues for the Humanities. The book is an introduction to the attempts that have been made to take the measure of the Anthropocene, and explores the main scientific and philosophical problems of that undertaking. Published by Routledge, this is the English-language edition of Bergthaller and Horn’s book Anthropozän zur Einführung, which is forthcoming with Junius Verlag.
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 will keep expanding as the project develops. 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.
The AILC/ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory was kindly added to the archive of “Research Units” at avldigital.de, the most advanced portal for comparative literary studies in the German-speaking world. With a rich English-language component, the portal enables its users to search for sources, network, and publish.
Galin Tihanov, former and honorary president of the ICLA theory committee, and Alexander Beecroft are gathering paper submissions for their seminar “World Literature: Circulations Outside the Modern.” Proposed for the next annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, the seminar is to be held between 19 and 22 March at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago, IL. Paper submissions are due by 23 September.
Galin Tihanov, former and honorary president of the ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory, has authored The Birth and Death of Literary Theory: Regimes of Relevance in Russia and Beyond. Published by Stanford UP, Tihanov’s book tells the story of literary theory by focusing on its formative interwar decades in Russia. Nowhere else did literary theory emerge and peak so early, even as it shared space with other modes of reflection on literature. A comprehensive account of every important Russian trend between the World Wars, the book traces their wider and continuous impact in the West. Ranging from Russian Formalism and Bakhtin to the legacy of classic literary theory in our post-deconstruction, world literature era, Tihanov provides answers to two key questions: What does it mean to think about literature theoretically, and what happens to literary theory when this option is no longer available?
The final program of Decolonizing the Theory Canon, the 2019 annual workshop of the AILC/ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory, which will take place on 31 July and 1 August 2019 at the University of Macau (Room E4-3054) as part of the 22nd triennial congress of the AILC/ICLA, is online.
Decolonizing the Theory Canon:
ICLA Research Committee on Literary Theory Workshop
31 July – 1 August 2019
Venue: University of Macau, Room E4-3054
Tina Chanter (Kingston University): “The Spectre of Gender in Decolonizing the Canon”
Anne Duprat (University of Picardie): “Pre-colonizing Literary Theory”
Divya Dwivedi (IIT Delhi): title tba
Alexandre Gefen (CNRS): “Aesthetic Paradigm and Globalization of the Idea of Literature”
Woosung Kang (Seoul National University): “Beyond the Pleasure Principle of Theory: Revitalizing Libido Theoretica”
Kyohei Norimatsu (University of Tokyo): “‘System’ as a Holistic Space: Russian Old and New Eurasianisms and Structuralism”
Sowon Park (UC Santa Barbara): “Decolonizing the Mind: Literary Theory and Cognitive Neuroscience”
Stefan Willer (Humboldt University): “Critical Theory and Music: Adorno”
Robert JC Young (New York University): “What is Literary Theory?”
Monika Schmitz-Emans, former member of the ICLA theory committee, has edited Literatur, Buchgestaltung und Buchkunst (Literature, Book Design, and Book Art), a De Gruyter handbook of more than a thousand pages devoted to the literary and visual dimensions of book design. Questions of the book as materiality, image, and writing are explored alongside numerous analyses of forms as diverse as the atlas, the book of beasts, the encyclopedia, the children’s book, the picture book, and the artist’s book.