European Literature/European Literatures?
Seminar proposal by Prof. Svend Erik Larsen, Aarhus University, and Professor Theo D’haen, Leuven University in the context of the ICLA/Committee for the Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages Series and the Academia Europaea/Section for Literary and Theatrical Studies.
From the end of the eighteenth century, when the Greek and Roman classics gradually ceased to define European Literature as a whole and the vernacular national literatures came to dominate the literary arena for poets, critics and researchers, European literature in the singular became a contested notion. Instead, it became a site for multiple encounters between nationally and regionally defined entities. Now, in the post-colonial area, ’the empire writes back’ in European languages used all over the world, and globalized migration and a digitized media landscape have set a new cultural agenda. Under these conditions, is a renewed sense of continental unity possible at all in literature, and if so, can it be imagined as a fruitful guideline for writers, critics and researchers? Such questions are central to a number of ongoing projects on literary history and historiography. The concomitant re-conceptualization of Europe’s literature(s), culture(s) and literary history/ies is still an open-ended debate that requires continuous dialogue and experiment. The seminar will invite scholars to contribute to this process from regional, historical, analytical and theoretical points of view.
Format: Max 3 sessions à 3 hours with 5 speakers in each session = 15 speakers
Submit a paper proposal with a max 250 word abstract via the conference website: www.acla.org/acla2011 and to the organizers: Svend Erik Larsen (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Theo D’haen (email@example.com) no later than Nov 1, 2010, the official dead line set by the conference organizers. (NB the website may work better in Firefox than in Internet Explorer).