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Worldliness from the Inside Out: Methods of Reading – Friday 23 March 2018

March 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

An informal discussion, led by visiting Professor Stefan Helgesson, on questions relating to worldliness and reading . Everyone is welcome to attend and participate (no prior preparation required!), but please register your interest by emailing me at c.salmi@qmul.ac.uk

Friday 23 March, 2-4pm, Room 101, Graduate Centre, QMUL – Mile End

By “scaling up” the study of literature, the variety of debates attached to the label “world literature” have produced important insights about canonisation, translation flows, literary networks, publication infrastructure, and so on. These modes of “distant reading”, to refer to Franco Moretti’s famous term, often result in a disappearing act: even as they further our understanding of the literary, the text itself disappears from view. Against this, a number of interventions in recent years argue for the relevance of close textual analysis to the development of global modes of literary inquiry. Eric Hayot (2012) sees “worldedness” as an inherent dimension of the literary work; Emily Apter (2013) promotes the “untranslatable” as the resistant textual element in global comparatism; the Warwick Research Collective (2015) read world-literature as the aesthetic registration of a combined and uneven world-system; Pheng Cheah (2016) posits the literary text’s capacity to “open” worlds contra the destructive forces of globalisation; Birgit Neumann and Gabriele Rippl (2017) similarly argue for the “world-making” capacity of literary texts. These arguments, in all their suggestiveness, tend nonetheless to leave many methodological questions unanswered. Is it, above all, something new they are proposing? Or are we witnessing a return to standard forms of close reading – with a “world”-rhetoric thrown in? Proceeding from specific textual examples, the intention with this workshop is to explore how worldliness may or may not be read from the inside out. Identifying dead ends and false starts is in this regard just as important as building on previous work.

Following on from Andrew’s email about the colloquium, I want to circulate some information about the forthcoming  workshop on Methods of Reading. The workshop will be taking place on Friday of week 11, 2pm-4pm in the Graduate Center, room 101.

It will be an informal discussion, led by visiting Professor Stefan Helgesson, on questions relating to worldliness and reading (please see the blurb Andrew circulated below, copied again for convenience). Everyone is welcome to attend and participate (no prior preparation required!), but please register your interest by emailing me at c.salmi@qmul.ac.uk

Convenors: Dr. Charlotta Salmi & Prof. Andrew van der Vlies

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Date:
March 23
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2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Queen Mary University of London
327 Mile End Road
London, E1 4NS
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