Large-Scale Literary Studies

On 30 March, I’m speaking on one of a series of panels on “The Theoretical Possibilities of Large-Scale Literary Studies” organized by Jing Tsu and Eric Hayot at the 2012 American Comparative Literature Association conference in Providence, RI. I’m very much looking forward to learning from the wonderfully rich range of papers on offer. The seminar will also be an opportunity for me to extend my exploration in A Common Strangeness of how economic and geopolitical events at the end of the Cold War transformed the way we think about literature and culture on a global scale. Here is the full list of speakers and paper titles for the seminar:

March 30, 10:15-12:15
David Damrosch, Harvard University
“English as a Transit Language”
Christopher Hill, University of California, Berkeley
“Inductive Histories”
Jacob Edmond, University of Otago
“The End of the Cold War and the Ends of Literary Theory”
Avishek Ganguly, Rhode Island School of Design
“Some Notes on ‘the Worldly’ in Contemporary Literary Studies

March 31, 10:15-12:15
Jing Tsu, Yale University
“Area, Scale, and Method”
Adam Kola, Nicolaus Copernicus University
“Literature and the Other Social Systems. World(-)System Theories and Social
Christopher Bush, Northwestern University
“The End of History and the Beginning of the World”
Bruce Robbins, Columbia University
“Archaeology of the Protocols”

April 1, 10:15-12:15
Eric Hayot, Penn State University
“Structure and Scale in World Literary History”
Mariano Siskind, Harvard University
“Against World Literature, against Latin Americanism: The Case for World-making and
Deseos de mundo”
Robert Frederick Voigt, Jr., Stanford University
“Instantiating Theory: On the Necessity and Prospects of a Computational Approach to
Large-Scale Literary Studies”
Alexander J. Beecroft, University of South Carolina
“On Premodernity”


About Jacob Edmond

Jacob Edmond is associate professor in English at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is the author of Make It the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media (Columbia University Press, 2019), A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature (Fordham University Press, 2012), and of numerous essays, which have appeared in journals such as Comparative Literature, Contemporary Literature, Poetics Today, Slavic Review, and The China Quarterly.
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