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Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature, University of Alberta

In 1799 Germaine de Stael wrote that there are " two completely
different kinds of literature... Southern and Northern... What I am going to call Southern literature includes the Greeks, the Romans, the Italians, the Spanish, and the French of Louis XIV's time. English works, German works, and a few writings of the Danes and Swedes must be classified as Northern, along with the literature that began with the Scottish bards, Icelandic fables, and Scandinavian poetry."

For the 5th-Annual Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta: Coordinates of Comparison we seek papers in world literature that expand and challenge Stael's notion of a European 'Northern and Southern' to global points of intersection involving languages, literatures, cultures, economies, and nations. Our conference invites you to explore and analyze this intellectual terrain from a variety of interdisciplinary critical perspectives. We invite papers for Remappings/Rereadings: Global Dialogues between East and West, North and South.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Zhang Hui (Peking University).

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Occidentalism and/or Orientalism
Definitions of World Literature
National divides e.g., Western Canada/ Eastern Canada
International divides e.g., Northern Hemisphere/Southern Hemisphere
Indigenous Narratives, Histories, and Politics
Gender Crossings: Feminisms and Masculinities
Postcolonialism and Hybridity
Globalization and/or Transnationalism
Acts and Questions of Translations
Theory and Practice of Anthologizing Literature
Pop Culture on a Local, National or International Scale
Diaspora and the Centre-Periphery
Digital Divides and the Multi-Media Means of Communication
Religious Influences and Anxieties
Book History as a Comparative Methodology

Please submit abstracts of no more than 200 words by December 15th, 2010 to participants will be encouraged to expand and revise their papers for submission to the January 2012 issue of /Inquire/, a peer-reviewed international journal of comparative literature. Please check our website for updates and information: