Cosponsored Event: Global Histories of German Literature

The notion of global history has recently garnered much attention across the humanities, drawing inspiration from innovative, interdisciplinary scholarships in comparative literature, postcolonial and global studies, and digital humanities. Yet, there does not exist a single study, either comprehensive or selective, that explores this conceptual, methodological, and historical framework in

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November 5, 2018

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November 6, 2018

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The notion of global history has recently garnered much attention across the humanities, drawing inspiration from innovative, interdisciplinary scholarships in comparative literature, postcolonial and global studies, and digital humanities. Yet, there does not exist a single study, either comprehensive or selective, that explores this conceptual, methodological, and historical framework in relation to German literature. Is a global history of German literature the same as the German history of world literature? What does global or German mean here and how is it to be understood in relation to the local, the national or the universal? In what sense is a global literary history of Germanness different from any other kind of global history and how do we reconceive of the longstanding, if not atrophied, genre of literary history in intercultural, multilingual, and transnational terms? What is the relationship between the literary history of a national literature and a global history of literature written in the same language? The aim of this conference is to address such urgent questions with insights from distinguished speakers in the heterogeneous field of German Studies from around the globe.

Sponsored by the
Freie Universität Berlin, UCLA Dean of Humanities, UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies, UCLA Department of Germanic Languages, UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies (the Michael and Irene Ross Endowment), UCLA Department of Spanish & Portuguese, UCLA Department of History, J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Research Institute, and American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Organized by Urs Büttner (FU Berlin/HHU Düsseldorf) & David D. Kim (UCLA)

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