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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!

--David Damrosch...

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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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2016 IWL, Harvard: Homi Bhabha's Keynote Lecture, and David Damrosch's and Gisèle Sapiro's Plenary Talks Now on Video!

2016 IWL, Harvard: Homi Bhabha's Keynote Lecture, and David Damrosch's and Gisèle Sapiro's Plenary Talks Now on Video!

August 8, 2016

Homi Bhabha's Keynote Lecture, and David Damrosch's and Gisèle Sapiro's plenary talks are now available on video here. Don't miss Homi Bhabha's discussion of redefining the body and rewriting history through a new concept inspired by Benjamin's smallness: "the diurnal," in "The Internal Emigrant: or, Who is at Home in the Humanities?"; David Damrosch's “What Isn’t World Literature? Problems of Language, Context...

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2016 IWL Lectures: Open to the Public

2016 IWL Lectures: Open to the Public

June 7, 2016

The sixth Institute for World Literature meets between June 20 -- July 14, 2016 at Harvard. The plenary lectures by our IWL faculty, the Keynote Lecture by Homi Bhabha, as well as the panel sessions are open to the public:

Keynote Lecture, Harvard-Yenching Auditorium, 4:30-6:00pm

July 6: Homi Bhabha (Harvard), “The Internal Emigrant: or, Who Is at Home in the Humanities?”       

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