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This article discusses new developments in the field of literary theory and literary praxis in the era of new media from the perspectives of media theory and interology. It takes new media as a McLuhanesque formal cause and holds that a conspicuous characteristic of literary works in the era of new media lies in the salience and normalization of interality. This development means art forms like mosaic and Pointillism have acquired a paradigmatic significance as a result. In revealing this new paradigm, the article also points to some current social maladies that have come with new media. It holds that literary writing should go beyond the mere embodiment of symptoms and make an intervention in media-induced maladies. The article affirms the irreplaceability of experimental literature and serious literature in an era of attention deficit, and points out that form should occupy a paramount position in literary theory, literary criticism, and literary praxis.

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In: Signs and Media
Proceedings of the 22nd Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association
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The 2019 congress of the International Comparative Literature Association attracted many hundreds of scholars from all around the world to Macau. This volume contains a modest selection of papers to discuss the four hottest fields of the discipline: the future of comparison, the position of national and diaspora literature in the context of globalization, the importance of translation, and the concepts of world literature. The contributions cover huge geographical and cultural areas, but pay special attention to the connections between Western (both American and European) and Asian (especially Indian and East-Asian) literatures. The literatures of the world might be different but they are also connected.


A chromosomal and morphological study of the black flies of northern Sweden revealed six genera and 47 species, of which 12 species represent new records for the country. The total number of species now recorded from Sweden is 61. Cnephia eremites is recorded from the Palearctic Region for the first time. New chromosomal information is provided for about 40% of the species in northern Sweden. A lectotype is designated for Simulium annulitarse which is shown to be a member of the S. tuberosum species group. The northern Swedish fauna is dominated by the genus Simulium (81 %) and by mammalophilic species (49%). Approximately 34% of the species in northern Sweden have a Holarctic distribution.

In: Insect Systematics & Evolution