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Discussion Group

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 If you have any questions, please email Karolina Watroba: 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.

Conveners: Karolina Watroba, Medieval & Modern Languages; Kate Costello, Oriental Studies; Valeria Taddei, Medieval & Modern Languages.

*** Michaelmas Term 2017: programme will be up in September ***

Trinity 2017: four sessions on Reading Out of Context

Hilary 2017: four sessions on Aesthetic Judgement

Michaelmas 2016: four sessions on the Key Issues in the Methodology of Comparative Study

Trinity 2016: four sessions on Multilingualism

Hilary 2016: four sessions on Intermediality

Michaelmas 2015: four sessions on Ambiguity; Inter-Asian Comparisons - Material Culture, Body, and Image

Trinity 2015: four sessions on Aesthetics Today; Inter-Asian Comparisons - Comparisons between East-Asian Cultures

Hilary 2015: Tactility, Poetics and Cinema; Film and Speaking Near the Image; Yvette Siegert on Translating Alejandra Pizarnik; Adam Thirlwell in Conversation

Michaelmas 2014: On Caroline Bergvall; Lyric Philosophy; Benjamin’s Denkbild; Sartre and Heidegger

Trinity 2014: Ekphrasis; Creative criticism; Criticism, creativity and translation - Ali Smith in Conversation

Hilary 2014: Delinking and the grammar of de-coloniality; William Ernest Hocking and comparative philosophy; The Classic, the Canon and the Past; What Is World Literature?

Michaelmas 2013: Travelling Concepts ITravelling Concepts IITravelling Concepts III; Travelling Concepts IV

Trinity 2013: On Translation IV - Babel; On Translation V - Don Paterson; Travel and Theory I; Travel and Theory II

Hilary 2013: On Translation I - Schleiermacher; On Translation II - Benjamin; On Translation III - Literary Translation and Versions of Ovid

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.