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CfP, Journal of World Literature: Special Issue on World Literature and World Cinema

July 6, 2020

Over the past two decades, world literature and world cinema have developed separately rather than in conjunction, with little attention paid to each other despite their structurally related objects of study. Literary scholars rarely discuss films apart from occasional direct adaptations, and while world cinema has sometimes looked at the theoretical framing developed in world literature studies, as with the cartographical direction opened by Dudley Andrew’s take on Franco Moretti and David Damrosch’s work, neither discipline has thought more generally beyond its respective medium...

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Around the World in 80 Books

May 10, 2020

From May 11 through August 31, Covid-sequestered lovers of literature can join Harvard’s David Damrosch in a world journey through world literature, five books per week for sixteen weeks. He’ll be exploring the ways in which literature enters the world, and the world enters literature, taking up a set of works each week associated with a memorable locale. The project’s website features a blog on each day’s book, together with ideas and resources for further reading. Join the journey at:

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David Damrosch talks about World Literature and more in the Harvard Magazine

August 22, 2019

Don't miss out a profile of the IWL Director, David Damrosch, by Spencer Lee Lenfield in the Harvard Magazine featured also as the lead item in the Chronicle of Higher Education's Arts section. David Damrosch talks vividly about many different topics from his intellectual trajectory and research interests throughout a career that turned from comparative to world literature, to  current books, pedagogy and the future of the discipline:

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Congratulations to Delia Ungureanu for her promotion to Associate Professor at the University of Bucharest!

February 8, 2019

Congratulations to our Assistant Director Delia Ungureanu, who has just been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor at the University of Bucharest. This is a major promotion within the Romanian system and has been awarded several years ahead of the norm, following the international attention garnered by her award-winning book From Paris to Tlön, and most recently a national award as one of two leading early-career humanists in the country. Warmest congratulations to Professor Ungureanu!

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MLA & ACLA CfP

March 4, 2020

MLA CfP

Economy and Value of Time in Boredom

This session examines the problem and experience of time in boredom in 19th-20th century literature, particularly in relation to the question of value and economy of time. 250 word abstracts and short bios. Click here for the full description.

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, 15 March 2020

Busra Copuroglu, U of Western Ontario (...

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JWL Special Issue for Spring 2021: Marketing World Literature: Book Fairs, Festivals, Prizes

August 29, 2019

Literary prizes and events play a growing role today in the international circulation and reception of writers and their works. Even nationally based awards such as the Pulitzer can have an international impact, while conversely the award of the Nobel Prize can have a major – and sometimes ambiguous – impact on a writer’s standing at home. Book fairs and festivals have multiplied worldwide, from Jerusalem to Jaipur, giving writers as well as their works new kinds of exposure. This special issue of JWLwill explore the sociology of such events, their cultural...

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Major French literary critic Pascale Casanova dies at 59

September 30, 2018

French literary critic Pascale Casanova died on September 29, 2018, at the age of 59. During the past ten years, she has been courageously fighting an incurable disease while publishing two fresh books. Her work represents a major contribution to the field of world literature. Based on her PhD dissertation supervised by Pierre Bourdieu, Casanova’s La République mondiale des lettres ...

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IWL at the University of Copenhagen: A Report by two of our participants, Miriam Strieder and Dr. Stella Lange

IWL at the University of Copenhagen: A Report by two of our participants, Miriam Strieder and Dr. Stella Lange

February 9, 2018

Two of our 2017 participants at the University of Copenhagen, Miriam Strieder (German Department) and Dr. Stella Lange (Romance Studies) from the University of Innsbruck wrote a very informative report on our seventh summer session. You can check it out here:

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