On Janurary 26, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. Distinguished Visiting Scholar, David Damrosch, will teach a seminar titled "Comparative Literature Between the Nation and the World."
Our discipline has always sought to transcend national borders, and the emigres who set the tone for comparative studies in midcentury America were generally happy to look back to Europe (and, less frequently, to Asia), with little attention to the culture of their adoptive country. Today we find ourselves in a country racked at once by rising ethnonationalism and by a global pandemic, forces that are both more local and more global than our traditional scope of comparison of two or three national literatures. In this session, Damrosch discusses some current responses to these crises, and his responses in turn, in scholarship, teaching, and outreach to general readers.
One of the texts addressed will be a book by Damrosch oriented toward general readers, Around the World in 80 Books (preliminary online version). There will also be readings circulated when you email for the Zoom link.