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This year OCCT is pursuing three interlinked research strands: Translation and Criticism, Fiction and Other Minds, and Comparative History of Literatures. These strands put on separate seminars but also unite once or twice each year to investigate points of shared interest. Our postgraduate-led discussion group explores a wide range of related matters, and our workshops and conferences (eg: Minding Borders, Prismatic Translation and Auto-exoticism) address topics that speaks to all the strands.
This seminar (starting Michaelmas 2017) will be a series of seminars in the usual OCCT format – or modified -- to explore concepts and methodological issues in comparative literary history. It takes place within the project, Comparative... Read more
Translation and Criticism are both modes of re-writing, and both involve an element of creativity which is often neglected or suppressed. This strand explores the edges and overlaps between them, taking in forms like commentary,... Read more
The project investigates how fiction, especially the reading of novels, can contribute to a cross-cultural and scientifically anchored study of human interaction. The termly seminars are convened by Dr Ben Morgan (MML).
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This strand (2016-2017) aimed to highlight comparative research as it pertains to cultural forms, particularly as they travel in multiple directions. This travel includes from metropole to colony and back; South-South travel and of... Read more
This research strand (2015 - 2016) aimed at deepening the comparative understanding of knowledge communities, their constructions and intersections in Oriental cultures, with an emphasis on the pre-modern. The idea of flows and... Read more
This project explored how intercultural literature in a range of languages reflects on literary activity itself, its ability to engage with political antagonisms, history and language, and its manner of addressing a broader readership... Read more
Criticism has an uneasy status in the literary and artistic humanities. ‘Scholarship’, ‘analysis’, ‘history’ (as in ‘art history’), ‘studies’ (as in ‘English studies’) are more widespread terms. There are two linked reasons why this is... Read more
The aim of this seminar series was to consider philosophical and methodological questions relevant to criticism of the arts, including literature, music, film (and other audio-visual forms), fine art, architecture, and design.
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