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Teaching World Literature Conference
WhenFriday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. – Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, 12 p.m.
Campus roomHUB 340 and CMU 120/202
Event typesConferences
Event sponsorsDepartment of Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Simpson Center for the Humanities.

Literature is everywhere alive, transforming people and cultures within and across nations, historical eras, and languages. This conference brings noted leaders in the field of world literature to the University of Washington, with the eventual goal of developing a new undergraduate major.

The new major would study literatures as global phenomena, seeking to read texts more intensively, more extensively, and more connectedly. Who are we, and why? What values, beliefs, and perspectives constitute our identities? How have our pasts shaped who we are? Examining how works of literature travel across time, space, languages, and media, and exploring how they change along the way, we weigh against one another the choices that different peoples have imagined.

Friday, October 21

9:30 am - Coffee

10-10:15 am - Eric Ames (UW Seattle), “Framing the Question: World Literature at UW?”

10:15 am-12 pm - Program Strategies - HUB 340

  • David Damrosch (Harvard), “Gateways and Capstones: Framing a Major”
  • Melek Ortabasi (Simon Fraser), “Collaboration and the Art of Doing More with Less”
  • John Burt Foster (George Mason), “Implementing a World Literature Initiative – 10 Years Later”
1:30-3:30 pm - Teaching Strategies - HUB 340
  • David Palumbo-Liu (Stanford), “When Teaching World Literature is Teaching Writing”
  • Melek Ortabasi (Simon Fraser), “Trees, Waves, and Rhizomes under the Microscope”
  • Chadwick Allen (UW Seattle), “Indigenous Juxtapositions”
  • Rebecca Walkowitz (Rutgers), “Teaching English as a Target Language”
4-5:30 pm - Keynote Address - Communications 120

David Damrosch (Ernest Bernbaum Professor and Chair of Comparative Literature and Director of the Institute for World Literature, Harvard University)

Distant Close Reading: Problems of Language, Context, and Politics

5:30 pm - Reception - Communications 202

Saturday, October 22

9:30 am - Coffee

10 am-12 pm - New Scholarship - Communications 202

  • Nirvana Tanoukhi (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Surprise Me If You Can’t”
  • John Burt Foster (George Mason), “Other Worlds of World Literature”
  • Rebecca Walkowitz (Rutgers), “Reading Both: Literary History and the Monolingual Model”
  • David Palumbo-Liu (Stanford), “Ethics, Translation, Delivery”
Organized by Eric Ames (Chair and Professor, Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media) and sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Simpson Center for the Humanities.

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