The Global Novel as a Problem
A guest workshop on the challenges of the global novel by Marta Puxan-Oliva and Neus Rotger
This workshop proposes to discuss the global novel as a problem. Considering a growing body of criticism that draws on various disciplinary perspectives, we propose to discuss a constellation of social, political, affective, and ethical concerns that are increasingly present in recent theories of the novel, such as global interconnectedness and violence, cosmopolitanism, a new order of affects, humanitarianism, translatability, and planetarity. The global novel is neither a homogeneous nor a globally circulated corpus of fiction, but a form of representation that has a series of parameters that allow it to be approached as a problem, and that are at the center of the discussion that we propose here: the tension between the local and the global; the representation, often in thematic or mimetic terms, of a hyperconnected world plagued by social and ecological crisis; the exploration of a new space-time dimension, as well as multiple scales (human and non-human) in the context of the so-called Anthropocene; the "ethical" and "affective" turns as new ways of acting and feeling in the world; or the pressure of the publishing market, with direct implications in terms of legibility, translatability, commercialization and consecration. We wish to advance the discussion of the global novel by crossing formal and material approaches to these problems from a perspective that goes beyond a mostly Anglophone-centered scholarly debate.
Recommended reading: "The Novel after the Global Turn: Decentered Perspectives from the Spanish Literary Field".
ArrangørJorge J. Locane
Publisert 7. mars 2022 10:25 - Sist endret 9. mars 2022 08:17