>Subject: CFP: The Global Literary Economy (UK) (2/18/05; 5/18/05-5/20/05)
>From: "Anna Guttman " <[log in to unmask]>
>The global literary economy (May 18-20, 2005)
>In the field of literary production, globalisation has a twofold
>effect. On the one hand, it provides greater greater accessibility
>and acceleration of communication, allowing people contact with
>ideas, trends and literary activities that would previously have
>taken years to spread. On the other hand, globalisation is also the
>free circulation of
>capital and investment that affects and shapes these possibilities.
>It may facilitate literary production and restrict it through
>copyrights or by suppressing the circulation of other potential
>works. Furthermore, it may give renewed vigour to some form of
>literary expression that could, perhaps, have otherwise become
>moribund or extinct.
>Globalisation of literary practice also involves border-crossing
>individuals and activities, such as international book fairs,
>brokers and translators. Globalisation also affects readers of
>literature and their relationship to local texts.
>This is the fourth and final workshop on the research project
>ĺ─˛Social Contexts of Literary Consumption and Productionĺ─˘ led by
>Dr. Michel Hockx and Dr. George Paizis under the aegis of the AHRB
>Centre for Asian and African Literature. This workshop seeks to
>examine how literary production and consumption are affected by the
>workings of the international market, and how a global literary
>field is taking shape.
>The workshop organisers actively encourage specialists in all
>literatures (i.e. not just Asian and African literatures) and
>related fields to submit proposals, in order to achieve the widest
>possible comparative perspectives. We invite proposals for
>20-minute papers dealing with one or more of the following questions:
>Is the internationalisation of publishing simply the concentration
>of ownership and capital or does it also mean the
>internationalisation and/or standardisation of content?
>Does globalisation accelerate the stratification of culture?
>Does globalisation accelerate the commodification of literature?
>If there is such a thing as a global literary field, what are its
>institutions, its agents and its practices?
>Does globalisation of the literary field increase or diminish the
>incidence of state censorship?
>What is the effect of the exercise of copyright and to what extent
>is it circumvented?
>What is the main material that is being translated?
>Does the value and effect of texts change in meaning as they travel
>How is the avant-garde affected by this globalised context? Is it
>the source of social critique or of new products for the
>The workshop will be held in London. There are no fees, and
>accommodation is provided for speakers. Unfortunately, we normally
>are not able to offer any assistance with travel funding. Paper
>proposals of 300-500 words should be sent by email to Dr. Anna
>Guttman ([log in to unmask]) by Feb. 18
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