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Comparative History of Literatures: Concepts and Methodologies
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 History of Literatures in the Islamic World (CHLIW), which is an expansion of a series the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA) has been producing since the 1970s on European languages (CHLEL). One of the aims is to move beyond histories which focus on periods and movements, dominant genres or canonical authors. It aims at exploring sites of exchange and dialogue rather than continuities and chronologies. The first year of the strand will be devoted to exploring methodological problems related to conceptions of the literary and of history from a comparative perspective, with particular reference to the Islamic world.