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Comparison as Relation: From World History to World Literature

Time: April 18, 2017, 3:45 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: 214 Hall of Languages

Sponsored in part by the CNY Humanities Corridor

Sponsored by the CNY Humanities Corridor

Shu-mei Shih (UCLA)

Contemporary globalization has spurred new conceptualizations of the objects of our research in terms of both scope and scale across the humanities and the social sciences. World literature, as one of the disciplines in the emergence of what can be called global or world studies, is one such example. This lecture will explore how certain world historical approaches would be useful to think along for world literature, and offer relational comparison as a method to better theorize and study world literature.

This working group event is supported by the CNY Humanities Corridor.