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“HCTS Salon - Lectures in Dialogue” with David Damrosch

Nov 29, 2017

On Wednesday, November 29 at 8pm, the “HCTS Salon – Lectures in Dialogue”  took place at the Karl Jaspers Center for Advanced Transcultural Studies. David Damrosch (Harvard) talked about “Those Retrobates at New Youth: Modernist Magazines in Asia and the West” and engaged in a panel discussion afterwards.

Together with Judit Árokay, Professor at the Institute for Japanese Studies, and Tim Sommer, Teaching Assistant at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies, David Damrosch discussed the role of Modernist magazines in Japan, China and Europe.

Both in East Asia and in the West, the turn of the twentieth century was a time when progressive newspapers and avant-garde magazines proliferated, and these new outlets were crucial for the development of modernist writing. Young writers in peripheral locations could find their way into print in these new venues, which circulated works and ideas rapidly around the world. Attending to the means of literary production and circulation can give us new ways to understand the relation of seemingly unconnected writers such as Higuchi Ichiyo, Lu Xun, and James Joyce, who were participating in a worldwide literary revolution even as they wrote for local audiences at home.

Prof. Barbara Mittler, Acting Director of the Cluster “Asia and Europe”, moderated the event, which took place at the Karl Jaspers Center for Transcultural Studies in Room 221 at 8 pm.

David Damrosch is Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Comparative Literature and Director at the Institute for World Literature at Harvard University.

The HCTS Salon was organized by the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) in cooperation with the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS), the Institute of Chinese Studies, the Institute of Japanese Studies and the Department of English Studies at Heidelberg University.


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