Figuren der Einverleibung zwischen Eucharistie und Anthropophagie
This transdisciplinary project represents the most comprehensive study of imagination to date. The eclectic group of international scholars who comprise this volume propose bold and innovative theoretical frameworks for (re-) conceptualizing imagination in all of its divergent forms. Imagination and Art: Explorations in Contemporary Theory explores the complex nuances, paradoxes, and aporias related to the plethora of artistic mediums in which the human imagination manifests itself. As a fundamental attribute of our species, which other organisms also seem to possess with varying degrees of sophistication, imagination is the very fabric of what it means to be human into which everything is woven. This edited collection demonstrates that imagination is the resin that binds human civilization together for better or worse.
In this collection of essays, Maurizio Ferraris explores the world portrayed in Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time. He ponders how memory is tied to self-identification and knowledge; how the passage of time is only perceptible after it has passed; and how life, ultimately, is accurately portrayed in literature in ways that were seen as inconceivable in our youth. Running throughout the book is the sense that memory is all we are; we are what we remember or what others remember of us.
Dinge, Räume, Narrative
Ob als Motiv, Handlungsschauplatz oder Gegenstand der Kritik – in der Literatur wird das Museum zur Reflexionsfigur der Repräsentierbarkeit und Konservierbarkeit von Welt und Wissen. Museales Erzählen stellt die Frage nach dem Verhältnis von Zeichen und Dingen, Erinnerung und materieller Kultur.
Die Beiträge widmen sich musealen Dingen, Räumen und Narrativen in literarischen Texten sowie Sammlungskontexten vom 18. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart. Unter Verschränkung museologischer, kulturhistorischer und literaturwissenschaftlicher Perspektiven geht es zum einen um institutionsgeschichtliche Aspekte verschiedener Museumstypen. Zum anderen wird nach museumsspezifischen Formen des Erzählens gefragt: Wie werden die Dinge zum Sprechen gebracht? Wie werden räumliche Ordnungen textuell konstituiert und beschrieben? Welche Rolle spielen narrative Praktiken des Sammelns, Inventarisierens, Kuratierens und Ausstellens?

Abstract

The hierarchical system described by Pascale Casanova in The World Republic of Letters and La Langue mondiale is confirmed by the global phenomenon of relay translations, which attests that international exchanges are rarely bilateral. The study of relay or indirect translations completes what she says about the crucial role of mediators in the mechanisms of literary circulation. Yet the concrete processes of the intervention of the third party are only occasionally studied (in case studies) and are rarely synthesized. They bring into play mere configurations of the international in a non-systemic, but historical and not always deterministic way. This article attempts to theorize a practice that modifies the frames of thought of translation itself.

In: Journal of World Literature

Abstract

World literature studies is the most open field of all. In principle, it excludes nothing and no one. Things become interesting, however, when certain heroes emerge. In this article, I discuss two major influences on Pascale Casanova’s work which gave it a very distinctive position and generated new challenges. The adaptation of the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu in Casanova’s probes to what extent a theory developed to describe a predominantly national frame of reference could be transferred to the international domain. Casanova’s return to the question of the nation in her last work underlines the challenge of applying field theory in a world literature context. Casanova’s two monographs devoted to a single author, Samuel Beckett and Franz Kafka, respectively, are symptomatic for a particular kind of author in her critical work: the writer working from the semi-periphery in a way that makes a deep impact in the center.

In: Journal of World Literature
Author: David Damrosch

Abstract

Pascale Casanova’s seminal book has had an enormous and continuing impact around the world in a dozen languages, and as a result La République mondiale des lettres has itself become subject to the processes described within the book itself, as it enters world scholarly space. Casanova herself reflected directly on the somewhat unsettling results of this process, and her subsequent work was shaped in various ways by the international response to her pathbreaking book. This essay examines Casanova’s responses to the varied responses to her book, and suggests that her subsequent books should be understood as embodying a resulting mixture of resistance and rethinking of her earlier positions.

In: Journal of World Literature
In: Journal of World Literature

Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between literary prizes and the framing of contemporary francophone literature as world literature. Using a literary and sociological lens, I analyze how the Prix des Cinq Continents marketed itself as a kind of French-speaking Nobel, promoting the idea of a world literature in French. This article examines the prize’s different criteria for selection through close readings of promotional materials as well as interviews conducted between 2012 and 2016 with members of the jury, prize administrators, prize-winners, and representatives from the Senegalese reading committee. My research shows how the prize administrators’ rhetoric of diversity, hides the inequalities and exclusionary practices that “francophone” writers must face. This article argues that the idea of world literature has been recuperated by the OIF to protect the category of “francophone” and consolidate the domination of French cultural power in its former colonies.

In: Journal of World Literature