Monday, 16 May 2011

Upcoming LINKS conference - reminder and programme


LINKS London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies 2nd Graduate Student Conference in Comparative Literature - 
COMPARATIVE LITERATURE: BEYOND THE CRISIS

Medawar Watson Lecture Theatre
University College London

Wednesday, 18 May 2011
9.00 am 6.30 pm


9.00        Welcome

9.15        SESSION ONE: TRAVELLING CONCEPTS / MYTHS IN NEW CONTEXTS
                Chair: Georgia Panteli (UCL)

Sophie Corser (Goldsmiths): Ovids English Voice.

Pablo Maurette (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill): Lucretius among Early Modern Physicians and the Sense of Touch."

Shao-Hua Wang (Kings): From the Man in the Crowd to the Man on the
Train: The Baudelairean Flaneur Sped Up.

Melissa Gelinas (UCL): Magical Realism, Postmodernism and Mythopoesis:
Perspectives from Cien años de soledad and Not Wanted on the Voyage.

Christoph Söding (Kings): 500 years of Utopia: Collectivism in Tommaso Campanellas Città del Sole and Star Trek.

11.15     Coffee

11.30     SESSION TWO: THEORIES OF LITERATURE
                Chair: Erin Horakova (Goldsmiths)

Laura Tenschert (Goldsmiths): "The Herald of Pure Language: The Ideal as Task for Benjamin's Translator.

Niall Sreenan (Kings): Darwinian Literary Theory: Misguided Determinism?
Or the Next Step in the Evolution of Literary Theory?

Regina Fabry (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz): On Self-Narration in
Literature: Thomas Bernhards Korrektur; Paul Austers Invisible and Daniel C. Dennetts Theory of Narrative Self.

Philip Sayers (UCL): The Possibility of Good Psychoanalytical Approaches to Literature and Film.

Beth Guilding (Goldsmiths): A Royal Road to Primal Fiction: Dreaming in Freud, Blanchot and Borges.

1.30        Lunch

2.15        Round Table: Comparative Literature Beyond the Crisis
                Chair: Dr Florian Mussgnug (UCL)

             Dr Lucia Boldrini (Goldsmiths, London)
             Prof Paul Hamilton (Queen Mary, London)
             Prof Timothy Mathews (UCL)
             Prof Robert Weninger (Kings College London)

Recession is a time for asking fundamental questions about value. How will funding cuts, curriculum reform, and higher tuition fees transform teaching and research? How will they affect the future of comparative literature? What will be the social and cultural role of comparative studies in a rapidly changing world? This round table brings together four leading scholars of literature and culture, all working in London, to reflect on the public value of their discipline, and on the future of comparative literature.

4.00        Coffee

4.15        SESSION THREE: COMPLEX IDENTITIES / NARRATIVES OF THE SELF
                Chair: Daniel O'Connor (Kings)

Kate Willman (Kings): Constructing Identities: (Dis)Engagement with History in Juan Goytisolos Marks of Identity and Cesare Paveses The Moon and the Bonfires.

Emma Grylls (UCL): Loneliness in the Fiction of Yiyun Li and William Trevor.

Maha Abdel Megeed (Kings) The Metamorphosed Clown Mask: From Rabelais to Machado de Assis.

Christine Tiedemann (Kings): "Post-Mortem Identity: Posadas Calaveras and Rulfos Pedro Páramo."

Scott Yearsley (UCL) Sweet Transvestites from Krypton! Secret Identities and Sexual Performativity in Superman comics and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

6.15        Closing Remarks: Rosa Mucignat (Kings) and Florian Mussgnug (UCL).


The organizers of LINKS 2011 thank the UCL Faculty Institute for Graduate Studies for its generous support. This event is free of charge and open to all.

For more information, please contact Dr Florian Mussgnug at f.mussgnug@ucl.ac.uk.

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