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If you have an interest in Comparative Criticism and Translation Studies, come along to our friendly discussion group, convened by graduate students and early career academics working on literature and theory across national, linguistic, historical, and disciplinary boundaries. If you would like to join our mailing list, please send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please email Karolina Watroba: email@example.com. We welcome suggestions for texts and topics for discussion. If you have ideas, or you would like to become involved, please do let us know.
In Hilary Term 2018, the OCCT Discussion Group will again be structured as an experiment in comparative reading out of context. It's a fantastic opportunity for graduate students working on comparative projects to get a fresh perspective on the texts they study by getting other participants to respond to selected passages without the usual background (biographical information, historical context, etc.) that covertly informs our reading. Do get in touch if you'd like to get involved and host a session!
We will meet at lunchtime (12:45-2pm) on Mondays of even weeks (week 2: 22 January, week 4: 5 February, week 6: 19 February, week 8: 5 March) in Seminar Room 10 at St Anne’s College. No preparation will be needed. Free sandwich lunch, fruit and coffee will be provided.
At the beginning of each session, we expose participants to two short excerpts from literary texts that are in some way comparable; however, no details surrounding the texts are disclosed (authors, titles, time periods, original languages, etc.). We then get some first reactions from an invited guest, a faculty member involved with OCCT, before opening the floor for discussion (our guests for HT will be confirmed soon). Halfway through each session, the conveners reveal the identity of the authors and provide further background about the abstracts in question. For the remainder of each session, we continue the discussion by gradually moving to broader theoretical issues raised by the juxtaposition of the two texts and our reactions to them.
Michaelmas 2017: Comparative Reading Out of Context
Trinity 2017: Reading Out of Context
Hilary 2017: Aesthetic Judgement
Michaelmas 2016: Key Issues in the Methodology of Comparative Study
Trinity 2016: Multilingualism
Hilary 2016: Intermediality
Michaelmas 2015: Ambiguity; Inter-Asian Comparisons - Material Culture, Body, and Image
Trinity 2015: Aesthetics Today; Inter-Asian Comparisons - Comparisons between East-Asian Cultures
Past conveners: Anita Paz, Ruskin School of Art; Amy Xiaofan Li, Oriental Studies; Kasia Szymanska, Medieval & Modern Languages; Peter Hill, Oriental Studies; Rosie Lavan, English.