CFP: [International] World Literature Today and China

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Jonathan Stalling
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Co-sponsored by World Literature Today Magazine and Beijing Normal University’s College of
Chinese Language & Literature, the conference will feature notable authors (a list of Chinese
novelists and poets attending is attached with English biographies), scholars, critics, and editors
from China and abroad discussing the state of globalization in contemporary world literature and
developments in contemporary Chinese literature. The proceedings will be held in both Chinese
and English, with simultaneous translations provided by the organizing committee. The Western
Key Note speakers will include both Dr. Dennis Tedlock, the McNulty Chair of Ethnopoetics at
SUNY Buffalo and Dr. Wolfbane Kubin, Professor of Sinology at the Friedrich Wilhelms University
in Bonn. Dr. Kubin. They will be joined by Luminaries of Chinese fiction like Mo Yan (author of
the novel adapted into “Red Sorghum”), Su Tong (author of the novel “Rice” and the novel
adapted into “Raise the Red Lantern”), Yu Hua,(author of novel adapted into “To Live”), Liu Heng
(Author of novel adapted into “Ju Duo) and many more (see list of Chinese attendees with brief
biographies) as well as the poets Shi Zhi, DuoDuo, and Xi Chuan (who are the primary Chinese
figures from different generations of post-Mao modern Chinese poetry) among many more and
many of China’s most well respected scholars, critics, and editors.

 Under the main theme of China and World Literature Today, the conference will also feature four
1. The development of contemporary world literature in theory and practice
2. World Literature Today and its role in the study and dissemination of world literature
3. A contemporary world writers forum
4. The interaction between contemporary Chinese literature and the wider world

Registration for the conference will be on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 (further registration
details will be included in the official invitation). The conference will begin on October 16,
continue throughout the entire day of the 17th, and conclude after the morning of the 18th
(Saturday). The conference business fee will be $100 dollars (for foreign attendees) and ¥ 500
Yuan (for Chinese attendees) and hotel expenses will be the responsibility of those in
attendance, but food expenses will be covered by BNU.

To complete the conference arrangements as soon as possible, we ask that you send us a letter
of intent as soon as possible (Early June) to Daniel Simon or to Jonathan Stalling

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