Fictions of Circulation (ACLA 2015 Seattle)

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Gretchen Busl
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ACLA Seattle March 26-29, 2015

Over the last twenty years, a considerable amount of scholarship has focused on the idea of world literature as a function of transmission and reception, rather than a body of canonical texts. This focus on how literature moves across boundaries - geographic, linguistic, and cultural - through the processes of translation and publication is often understood as a rejection of close reading methods. This seminar, however, challenges scholars to find the global in the particular. We begin from the assumption that authors are well aware of the multiple potential audiences a text may enjoy, and of the processes through which the text may circulate. Therefore, we seek papers that explore self-conscious and meta-fictional representations of the processes of translation, publication, and reception. We are particularly interested in texts that fictionalize the circulation of texts across borders - that are, in essence, clear manifestations of the world literature phenomenon. What can we learn about the movement of texts from any one particular text? If we may consider world literature to be a mode of reading, how can a text that presents itself as a "fiction of circulation" demonstrate that world literature is a mode of writing, as well?

Interested participants should contact Gretchen Busl (gbusl[at] for more information or to submit an abstract. The final deadline to submit an abstract through the ACLA website is October 15.

Please note that ACLA uses a seminar stream style for the annual meeting: participants will attend all sessions during a 2 day or 3 day seminar. More information about the conference is available at