There is much news: of 1. the discussion group; 2. our network seminar; 3. our conference; and 4. some related events – so please read all the way down.
1. Graduate-led Discussion Group
The next meeting is a special event on an unusual day: a discussion with the poet and translator Don Paterson, on Thursday of 4th week (16th May), 12-1.30pm, in the Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities. All welcome!
Further meetings will be on Friday 31st May and Friday 14th June. See our Discussion Group page and https://www.facebook.com/CompCritOxford.
2. Network Seminar: The Point of Comparison
Wednesday 22nd May, 4-6.30, Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities
A wide-ranging discussion, to be sparked by contributions from Mohamed-Salah Omri on comparative literature and area studies; Elleke Boehmer on postcolonial critical concepts between the anglophone world and the Netherlands; Ben Morgan on comparison in film; Nicola Gardini on comparative literature and Renaissance rhetoric; and Nick Halmi on comparative Romantic studies. All are welcome to what cannot but be an engaging and thought-provoking event.
3. Conference: Comparative Criticism – Histories and Methods
25th- 26th September 2013, St Anne’s College
Several members of our network have already pledged papers and other contributions; but we would like also to open ourselves to the world. So here is a call for papers: please circulate it wherever you think it might usefully go.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Comparative Criticism: Histories and Methods
25th- 26th September 2013
St Anne’s College, Oxford
An open meeting of the Oxford University Research Network New Grounds for Comparative Criticism (oxfordcomparativeliterature.com), held in collaboration with the British Comparative Literature Association and funded by The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities, the John Fell Fund, and St Anne’s College.
The way we do comparative criticism affects the histories we tell of it; and the histories we tell affect our practice. Our conference aims to explore this interaction. We will resurrect moments from the history of comparative literature, tracing its relation to national and regional literatures, comparative philology and classical traditions. There will be discussion of the role played by institutions, including Oxford, in shaping the discipline. We will consider the different forms that comparative study assumes in different locations, and we will explore its connections to translation and area studies, and world literature. Attention will be given to the interplay between the comparative criticism of written texts and that of film, music and visual art. Is ‘comparative criticism’ a distinct formulation that might usefully join ‘comparative literature’, ‘world literature’ and the rest?
The following contributions have been confirmed. Prof Joep Leerssen (Amsterdam) will talk about his work on his soon-to-be-published history of comparative literary study in Britain (Leerssen and Shaffer, Comparative Literature in Britain: National Identities, Transnational Dynamics 1800-2000). Prof Ritchie Robertson (Oxford) will discuss ideas of world literature before Goethe. Prof Mihály Szegedy-Maszák (Budapest and Indiana) will give his view of the challenges of comparative work, and Prof Ahmad Etman (Cairo) will describe the state of the discipline in the Arab world. Members of the Oxford research network will explore matters such as translation and comparison, comparison beyond influence, and metaphors of comparison. Representatives of the BCLA will describe the state of the discipline in Britain today.
We now invite proposals for short papers on the following topics:
- Comparative literature and film, music and the visual arts
- The construction of interpretive contexts in comparative criticism
- Methodological intersections between comparative literature, area studies and world literature
We want to arrange the contributions to prompt constructive debate so please make clear what the methodological interest of your paper will be. Please send a 200 word proposal and a short biog to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 14th June. If you would like to contribute in some other way, for instance in a group presentation or planned discussion, please write to the same address by the same date.
The programme will be finalised in early July, and registration will open thereafter.
Organisers: Elinor Shaffer (BCLA); Matthew Reynolds, Mohamed-Salah Omri, Ben Morgan, Céline Sabiron (Oxford).
4. Related events
Poetics and Knowledge in Early Modern Europe
Fifth International Conference of Oxford’s Centre for Early-Modern Studies
Thursday 23rd May, 10-6pm
T. S. Eliot Theatre, Merton College
Comparative Innovations: a workshop on comp lit and the digital humanities
Friday, May 24, 2013 – 09:30- 6.00pm
Kings College London
The Ibsen Phenomenon: A Workshop
Monday 10th June, Radcliffe Humanities