Organised by the British Comparative Literature Association, the British Academy, the British School at Rome and the Italian Cultural Institute London, Poetry in Metamorphosis will take place in London at the British Academy and the Italian Cultural Institute on 21 October 2014 as part of the British Academy Guardian Language Festival and the Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo 2014.
Speakers include: Jacob Blakesley (Leeds), Nadia Cannata and colleagues (Sapienza Università di Roma), Daniela Caselli (Manchester), F. M. Federici (UCL), Paul Howard (Cambridge), Daniela La Penna (Reading), Matthew Reynolds (Oxford), Claudia Rossignoli (St Andrews) and Nigel Vincent (Manchester).
In addition, BCLA Secretary Matthew Reynolds will be introducing readings by Philip Terry (Essex) from Dante’s Inferno and BCLA President Marina Warner will be introducing Jamie McKendrick’s new translation of the poetry of Antonella Anedda.
See the programme or visit the website for details.
This year’s Annual George Steiner Lecture will be delivered by Professor Susan Bassnett. Titled ‘Translation as a Shaping Force in Literature’, the lecture will take place at 6:30pm on 6 October 2014, Monday at Queen Mary University of London and will look at ways in which translations have played a key role in transforming literary history.
Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Warwick, and Honorary Professor of Translation at the University of Birmingham, Susan Bassnett is a writer and academic, who has published widely on aspects of translation, comparative and world literature. Her most recent books are Translation (Routledge, 2014) and a 4th edition of her best-selling Translation Studies (Routledge 2013).
A wine reception will follow the lecture. Admission is free but guests must register on Eventbrite.
From 2014 onwards, the annual general meetings of the British Comparative Literature Association will be combined with a colloquy. The Inaugural BCLA Annual General Meeting and Colloquy will be taking place at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) on 4 October 2014, Saturday. The schedule of events are as follows:
2:00 pm: BCLA Annual General Meeting,
3:30 pm: ‘New Bearings in the Teaching of Comparative Literature’: Seminar with Shane Weller (Kent), Keya Anjaria (SOAS) and Richard Hibbitt (Leeds),
4:45 pm: Refreshments,
5:15 pm: Celebration of the winners of the John Dryden Translation Prize and Arthur Terry Postgraduate Essay Prize,
5:45 pm: Reading by the acclaimed poet and translator Robin Robertson.
All members of the BCLA are encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting. All events that will be taking place from 3:30 pm onwards are free and open to anyone interested and not only to BCLA members.
See the poster for details and contact the Secretary of the BCLA for registration.
The 39th Congress of the Société française de littérature générale et comparée (SFLGC) will be held on 15-17 October 2014 at the Institute for Comparative Literature, University of Strasbourg. The title of this year’s conference has been designated as ‘Littérature et expériences croisées de la guerre. Apports comparatistes’. The title is inspired by the centenary of World War I and will be devoted to the literary representations of war.
The Congress will be coinciding with the opening of the exhibition entitled ‘1914: La Mort des poètes (Charles Péguy, Wilfred Owen, Ernst Stadler)’ at the Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg (BNU) which explores the deaths of three poets during World War I.
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The Vth International Comparative Literature Conference in Turkey will be held on 15-17 October 2014 at Mersin University. The title of this year’s conference has been designated as ‘Local Contexts, Global Connections: Transitions, Deviations, Innovations in Literature, Culture and Art’. The title is inspired by Yaşar Kemal, the writer of local cultural values of Anatolia, and Pierre Bourdieu, the sociologist emphasising globality of cultural transfer.
Invited speakers include Professor Francis Claudon, Professor Monica Spiridon, Professor Monika Schmitz-Emans and Professor Onur Bilge Kula. Abstracts up to 250 words either in English, French or German are invited for 20-minute papers. Deadline for abstracts is 30 May 2014.
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