Telematics and World Literature (ACLA 2013)

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David Kelman
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The following panel (or "seminar") will take place at the American Comparative Literature Association annual meeting, at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada April 4 - 7, 2013. Seminars run for three days, with 3 or 4 speakers presenting each day.


Seminar Organizers:
David Kelman (California State University, Fullerton), Jennifer Ballengee (Towson University)

In _The Post Card_, Jacques Derrida speaks of a generalized postal system, what he calls "the Great Telematic Network, the worldwide connection" (27). This panel welcomes papers that think about the relation between comparative literature (or world literature) and telematics. What remains of literature in the age of telematics or long-distance transmissions? How does literature represent telematics, and how does it perform this kind of telecommunication? How is the birth of comparative literature as an institution linked to the intensification of telematic technologies (like the telephone)? How is the study of world literature already part of this "worldwide connection" and how would this change the way world literature is theorized? What kind of comparative relation does this telematic network imply? How does telematics link comparative literature to other disciplines? In short, what would it mean to theorize world literature in the age of the worldwide connection?
We welcome theoretical approaches (for instance, on Derrida, Bernhard Siegert, etc.) and close readings of individual texts (literary, filmic, televisual, etc.).

Submit your paper proposal to the ACLA website,, by Midnight PST on Thursday, November 15, 2012.