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Mapping the Contemporary

Organizer: Emily Johansen

As a field, comparative literature has set out to interrogate the boundaries between national literatures and to disrupt the Anglo-centric focus of most English departments and the infrastructure of... more

Public Humanities and Comparatist Practice

Organizer: Ricardo Ortiz

Is Public Humanities a discipline, an intellectual movement, a social justice movement, or a professional/ institutional corrective to an unsustainable economic model in higher education? Can it be... more

Solidarity, Failure, and the Role of the Critic

Organizer: Anthony Alessandrini

In The World, The Text, and the Critic (1983), Edward Said famously asserted: “The history of thought, to say nothing of political movements, is extravagantly illustrative of how the dictum ‘... more

Translating Difference in Arabic Literature

Organizer: Erin Twohig

This seminar considers the cultural and linguistic power differentials that affect the translation of Arabic literature. While translation from one language to another is nearly always fraught with... more

Appropriation and Its Discontents

Organizer: Patricia Barbeito

Appropriation is a buzzword that touches on a host of complex cultural issues and anxieties. From the furor unleashed by conceptual poet Kenneth Goldsmith when he read “The Body of Michael Brown,” an... more

Queer Theory and Poetic Theory

Organizer: Chad Bennett

Over two decades after the publication of the groundbreaking 1997 collection Novel Gazing: Queer Readings in Fiction, edited by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, no comparable volume of theoretical... more

Poetic Materiality Today

Organizer: Hangping Xu

In 2014, a poem titled “Crossing Over Half of China to Sleep with You” by Yu Xiuhua went viral online in China. Written by a rural woman with cerebral palsy and initially published on her blog, the... more

Coming to Mind: Pre-Histories of the Unconscious

Organizer: Andrea Gadberry

“The oldest and the best meaning of the word ‘unconscious,’” wrote Freud in 1932, “is the descriptive one: we call a psychical process unconscious whose existence we are obliged to assume—for some... more

Victorian Cultures of Translation

Organizer: Yopie Prins

The Victorians translated more than in any previous period in British literary history; their highly eclectic canon ranged from (re)translations of European and non-European classics to modern... more

Gender and crime fiction

Organizer: Kathleen Komar

Gender in crime fiction  Women have figured in crime fiction in a number of different ways.  They are often authors, sometimes detectives and frequently victims of crime.  This... more