In the light of the material turn in the humanities and social sciences, there has been an increasing interest in material contexts, embodied experiences, and situated forms of knowledge. In this context, Ursula K. Heise emphasizes the urgency of developing an ideal of “eco-cosmopolitanism,” or environmental world citizenship, observing that it is ‘imperative to reorient current U.S. environmentalist discourse, ecocriticism included, toward a more nuanced understanding of how both local cultural and ecological systems are imbricated in global ones’ (2008, 59). Heise’s remark envisions individuals and groups as a part of planetary “imagined communities,” with both human and nonhuman members.
According to Walter Benjamin, “the art of storytelling is coming to an end”; we are losing “the ability to share experiences.” Without storytelling, which was once “a capability that seemed inalienable to us, the securest among our possessions,” we are fragmented into a piece of “information” and isolate ourselves in what is believed to be subjectivity (“The Storyteller”). And yet, in exceptional situations, storytelling appears still possible. For example, when the northeast Japan was struck by the earthquake and tsunami disaster, after initial muteness and banal narrativization by the major media (which was indeed a disaster for storytelling), there emerged stories among the survivors.
Translation Reviewis a peer-reviewed journal committed to publishing the best new scholarship on all aspects of literary translation studies. Each issue highlights a translator in an interview and features articles and essays on the history, practice, and theory of translation, as well as translations of contemporary international writers into English.
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Born in the mid-twentieth century in Latin America, magical realism quickly became “the literary language of the emergent post-colonial world” (Bhabha 7). It developed as a means of capturing and representing the experience of living in worlds marked by both colonial conquest and anticolonial resistance, and in which “improbable juxtapositions and marvelous mixtures” (Zamora and Faris 76) exist side by side. Since then, magical realism has circulated widely, picked up by authors in formerly colonized nations around the world and adapted to their own, local, representational needs.
Renaissance Conference of Southern California
64th Annual Conference
Saturday, 21 March 2020
The Huntington Library and Gardens
Interdisciplinary Research and the Renaissance: How to Do It
Amy Buono (Art History, Chapman University)
Katherine Powers (Music, California State University, Fullerton)
Martine van Elk (English, California State University, Long Beach)
A decade ago, Dipesh Chakrabarty declared in “The Climate of History: Four Theses” that understanding climate change required a transformation in our concept of history. This seminar poses history as a limit-problem for contemporary literary and critical responses to climate change. How do existing responses, in light of their various theoretical provenances, contend with a phenomenon whose nature is diachronically outside an anthropocentric critical framework and irreducible to the terms and temporalities of human history, economics, and social structuration? Under the heading “speculative ecology,” our panel aims to bring together literary, theoretical, and historical responses to the ecological crisis of our time.
Call for Chapters
Call for contributions to an edited collection
Writing STEAM: Composition, STEM, and a New Humanities
Deadline for Proposal Submissions: September 30, 2019
Editors: Dr. Vivian Kao, Assistant Professor of Composition, Department of Humanities, Lawrence Technological University; Dr. Julia Kiernan, Assistant Professor of Communication, Liberal Studies Department, Kettering University
Contact email: VKAO@LTU.EDU
Medieval Virtualities (A Roundtable)
A Sponsored Session from the Program in Medieval Studies, Rutgers Univ.
55th International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS Kalamazoo), May 7-10, 2020
Call for chapters