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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 248.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                         Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

             Date: Sat, 05 Oct 2002 07:32:22 +0100
             From: "Totosy, Steven, Prof.Ph.D." <totosy@medienkomm.uni-halle.de>
             Subject: CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture; new books, cfp

    1) Issue 4.3 (September 2002) of CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture
    is online now <http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/>. The issue contains
    articles by Lois Parkinson Zamora (U of Houston) on comparative literature
    and globalization, Dora Salvador Sales (U Jaume I of Castellon, Spain)
    with an interview with Itamar Even-Zohar (Tel Aviv U) on literary and
    culture theory, Adrian Gargett (independent scholar, U.K.) on Nolan's film
    Memento, Anne Garrait-Bourrier (Blaise Pascal U, France) on Baudelaire,
    Poe, and translation, and Hugo Azerad (Magdalene College, Cambridge, U.K.)
    on spaces in the poetry of Reverdy, Supervielle, and Michaux, and with a
    book review article by Ralph Freedman (Princeton U, emeritus) on recent
    books of memoirs. Comments to the authors are welcome (e-mail addresses are
    with each article) and/or to the journal at <clcweb@purdue.edu>.

    2) New book: Comparative Central European Culture. Ed. Steven Totosy de
    Zepetnek <http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/totosycv.html>.
    Purdue Books in Comparative Cultural Studies 1
    <http://www.thepress.purdue.edu/compstudies.htm> and
    <http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/ccs-purdue.html>. West Lafayette:
    Purdue University Press <http://www.thepress.purdue.edu>, 2002. ISBN
    1-55753-240-0. 217 pages, bibliography, index. Paper, US 24.95. Orders to
    <http://www.thepress.purdue.edu> or 1-800-247-6553. The volume contains
    selected papers of conferences organized by the editor, Steven Totosy, in
    1999 and 2000 in Canada and the US on various topics of culture and
    literature in Central and East Europe. Based on the (contested) notion of
    the existence of a specific cultural context of the region defined as
    "Central Europe," contributors to the volume discuss comparative cultural
    studies as a theoretical framework (Steven Totosy, Boston, U of
    Halle-Wittenberg, and Purdue UP), modernism in Central European literature
    (Andrea Fabry, SUNY Stony Brook), Central European Holocaust poetry
    (Zsuzsanna Ozsvath, U of Texas Dallas), gender in Central European
    literature and film (Aniko Imre, U of Washington), Austroslovakism in the
    work of Slovak writer Anton Hykisch (Peter Petro, U of British Columbia),
    Kundera and the identity of Central Europe (Hana Pichova, U of Texas
    Austin), public intellectuals in Central Europe after 1989 (Katherine
    Arens, U of Texas Austin), contemporary Austrian and Hungarian cinema
    (Catherine Portuges, U of Massachusetts Amherst), the notion of
    peripherality in contemporary East European culture (Roumiana Deltcheva,
    independent scholar, Montreal), and Central European Jewish family history
    in the film Sunshine (Susan Rubin Suleiman, Harvard U). The volume includes
    a bibliography for the study of Central European culture (Steven Totosy,
    Boston, U of Halle-Wittenberg, and Purdue UP), biographical abstracts of
    contributors, and an index.

    3) Call for papers: The Cultures of Post-1989 Central and East Europe
    <http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/library/clcwebcallsforpapers.html>, an
    international conference, will take place in Targu-Mures, Romania, 21-24
    August 2003. The conference is hosted by the Gheorghe Sincai Research
    Institute of the Social Sciences and the Humanities of the Romanian Academy
    of Sciences (Targu Mures) and Petru Maior University (Targu Mures).
    Abstracts of 200 words in English, German, or French with a biographical
    detail of 200 words are invited in the following areas of post-1989 Central
    and East Europen culture, whereby comparative papers are preferred: Culture
    in general and including literature, the arts, film, music, etc.;
    Comparative media studies (aspects of television, radio, film, journalism,
    etc.); The politics of culture and cultural policy; The histories of
    post-1989 Central and East Europe; Cultural traditions and European
    integration; Intersections of society and socialization; Globalization,
    economics, and culture; Aspects of minorities, the marginal, and
    marginalization. Further topics and proposals of thematic panels are also
    welcome. The deadline of abstracts is 31 March 2003. The abstracts are
    invited to the conference conveners Carmen Andras at
    <prognoze@cjmures.orizont.net> or <carmen_andras@yahoo.com> and Steven
    Totosy <totosy@medienkomm.uni-halle.de> or <clcweb@purdue.edu>.
    The theme of the conference is contemporary Central and East European
    culture after the 1989-90 demise of the Soviet colonial period. A debated
    notion, Central and East Europe is defined here as a geographical region
    stretching from Austria and the former East Germany (incl.
    Mitteldeutschland) to Romania and Bulgaria, the Baltic countries, Serbia
    and the Ukraine, etc., including the Habsburg lands and German influence
    and their spheres of interest at various times including now. Since the
    events of 1989-90 and the demise of the Soviet empire, the cultures of
    Central and East Europe have engaged in a restructuring of their political,
    economic, social, and cultural environments and societies. While this
    reshaping of the region is still on-going, there is a new Central and East
    Europe in place now, politically, socially, economically, and culturally.
    The objectives of the conference include explorations into aspects of the
    social and cultural situation of the new Central and East Europe by
    scholars working in the region: based on the notion of scholarship with
    perspectives from the "outside" versus the "inside," the conference is with
    focus on the work of scholars whose institutional affiliation is in Central
    and East Europe (further conferences are planned to combine perspectives
    from the "inside" and from the "outside," however). The conference at Targu
    Mures is a continuation of previous gatherings such as the international
    conference Central European Culture Today, organized by Steven Totosy and
    hosted by the Canadian Centre for Austrian and Central European Studies (U
    of Alberta, Canada, 1999) and the symposia "Comparative Culture and
    Hungarian Studies" at the 24th Annual Conference of the American Hungarian
    Educator's Association (John Carroll U, USA, 1999) and "Comparative
    Cultural Studies and Post-1989 Central European Culture" of the Hungarian
    Discussion Group at the annual convention of the Modern Language
    Association of America (Washington, D.C., USA, 2000), organized by Steven
    Totosy. Selected papers from these conferences are published in Comparative
    Central European Culture, Ed. Steven Totosy de Zepetnek , in volume 1 in
    the Purdue series of Books in Comparative Cultural Studies
    <http://www.thepress.purdue.edu/compstudies.htm> and
    <http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/ccs-purdue.html>. West Lafayette:
    Purdue UP, 2002. Selected papers of the conference at Targu-Mures are
    planned to be published in the Purdue series of Books in Comparative
    Cultural Studies, Steven Totosy de Zepetnek
    <http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/totosycv.html>, series editor
    <http://www.thepress.purdue.edu/compstudies.htm> and

    4) New book: Comparative Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies. Ed.
    Steven Totosy de Zepetnek
    <http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/totosycv.html>. Purdue Books in
    Comparative Cultural Studies 2. West Lafayette: Purdue University Press
    <http://www.thepress.purdue.edu/compstudies.htm>, and
    <http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/ccs-purdue.html>, 2002 (forthcoming).
    ISBN 1-55753-288-5 (ebook), ISBN 1-55753-290-7 (pbk). 327 pages,
    bibliography, index. Paper, ca. US 40.00. Orders to
    <http://www.thepress.purdue.edu> or 1-800-247-6553. The volume is the first
    annual of CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture
    <http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/>, a thematic volume with selected
    papers from material published in the journal in volumes 1.1-4 of 1999 and
    2.1-4 of 2000. The papers are with focus on theories and histories of
    comparative literature and the emerging field of comparative cultural
    studies. Contributors are Kwaku Asante-Darko (National U of Lesotho) on
    African postcolonial literature, Hendrik Birus (U of Munich, Germany) on
    Goethe's concept of world literature, Amiya Dev (Jadavpur U, India) on
    comparative literature in India, Marian Galik (Slovak Academy of Sciences,
    Slovakia) on interliterariness, Ernst Grabovszki (U of Vienna, Austria) on
    globalization, new media, and world literature, Jan Walsh Hokenson (Florida
    Atlantic U, U.S.A.) on the culture of the context, Marko Juvan (U of
    Ljubljana, Slovenia) on literariness, Karl S.Y. Kao (Hong Kong U of Science
    and Technology, China) on metaphor, Kristof Jacek Kozak (U of Alberta,
    Canada) on comparative literature in Slovenia, Manuela Mourao (Old Dominon
    U, U.S.A.) on comparative literature in the USA, Jola Skulj (U of
    Ljubljana, Slovenia) on cultural identity, Slobodan Sucur (U of Alberta,
    Canada) on period styles and theory, Peter Swirski (U of Alberta, Canada)
    on popular and highbrow literature, Antony Tatlow (U of Dublin, Ireland) on
    textual anthropology, William H. Thornton (National Cheng Kung U, Taiwan)
    on East/West power politics in cultural studies, Steven Totosy (Boston, U
    of Halle-Wittenberg, and Purdue UP) on comparative cultural studies, and
    Xiaoyi Zhou (U of Hong Kong, China) and Q.S. Tong (Peking U, China) on
    comparative literature in China. The papers are followed by a bibliography
    of scholarship in comparative literature and cultural studies, compiled by
    Steven Totosy (Boston, U of Halle-Wittenberg, and Purde UP), Steven Aoun
    (Monash U, Australia), and Wendy C. Nielsen (U of California Santa Barbara,
    U.S.A.), and an index.

    5) Call for papers: New Comparative Central European Culture
    Ed. Steven Totosy de Zepetnek
    <http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/totosycv.html>. Papers are invited for
    a collected volume on contemporary Central European culture. To be
    published in 2003 in the Purdue University Press series of Books in
    Comparative Cultural Studies
    <http://www.thepress.purdue.edu/compstudies.htm> and
    <http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/ccs-purdue.html>, the volume will
    contain new work in the field. The book will be the second volume with work
    about Central European culture in the series, following Comparative Central
    European Culture <http://www.thepress.purdue.edu/compstudies.htm> and
    <http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/ccs-purdue.html> (Purdue UP
    <http://www.thepress.purdue.edu>, 2002; ISBN 1-55753-240-0. 217 pages,
    bibliography, index. Paper, US 24.95. Orders to
    <http://www.thepress.purdue.edu> or 1-800-247-6553). A contested notion,
    the concept of a Central European culture is constructed based on real or
    imagined and variable similarities emanating from historical, social, and
    cultural characteristics apparent in cultures ranging from Austria and the
    former East Germany to Romania and Bulgaria and Serbia to the Ukraine,
    etc., thus including the Habsburg lands and their spheres of influence at
    various times of history including now. With the tentative title of New
    Comparative Central European Culture, the book will contain work that is
    implicitly or explicitly comparative, following the notions proposed in
    comparative cultural studies at
    <http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/clcweb99-3/totosy99.html>. That is,
    instead of the single-language and culture approach, the authors of the
    papers in the volume discuss topics in at least two cultures of the Central
    European landscape or any other literary, media, communication, politics,
    economics, etc., topic that fits the proposed framework of comparative
    cultural studies. As well, papers on theory and methodology engaging
    notions of/in comparative cultural studies as applied in the study of
    Central European culture are invited. Papers should be between 6000-7000
    words, in the MLA style of parenthetical sources and works cited but
    without footnotes or end notes. The deadline of submission is flexible but
    no later than December 2002. Please send papers to Steven Totosy at

    6) Call for papers: CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, a
    peer-reviewed, full-text , and public-access journal published by Purdue
    University Press online at <http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/> invites
    papers for a thematic issue on Black African Literary Theory, guest edited
    by Kwaku Asante-Darko (National University of Lesotho). Papers of 6000
    words are invited to the guest editor at <k.asante-darko@nul.ls> by 31
    December 2002. For the style guide of the journal please consult the
    journal's Procedures of Submission at
    <http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/proced2.html> (MLA parenthetical
    sources and a works cited; no footnotes or end notes). The quest for
    African identity in the face of racism, imperialism, and the aftermath of
    colonialism provoked a revival of African values and a search for
    authenticity. While some scholars and critics see a commonality of beliefs,
    practices and historical experience on which to base a Black African theory
    of literary interpretation, others contend that such basis for an
    exclusively Black African criticism could not be upheld for want of any
    authentic, wide, and genuinely Black African definition. They explain that
    among others, these are sectional perspectives seeking to impose an ethnic
    viewpoint on a multiplicity of African perspectives some of which are
    patently irreconcilable. This approach raises debate about the implications
    and justification for a theory of literary criticism whose point of
    departure and assumptions about the purpose, methodology, and implications
    of literature could be of authentic African origin and usefulness.The
    thematic volume of CLCWeb intends to revive and to appraise the debate as a
    way of assessing the current state of inquires into questions such as the
    following: is there a general Black African way of reading texts?; is there
    a way of reading Black African texts in particular?; from what values and
    tenets are such precepts derived?; what would constitute the exclusivity or
    peculiarities of an African aesthetics?; what features would distinguish an
    African criticism from all hitherto literary theory?; what would be the
    status and function of nationality, race, geography, gender and historical
    experience in the formulation of this peculiar Black African theory. Since
    these issues are closely related to political, philosophical, and
    pedagogical concerns, articles merging these areas with the subject of
    Black African literary theory are equally encouraged. Key questions for
    consideration, therefore, include: 1) To what extent is it tenable to
    uphold an universalist literary theory which overrides the exploration of
    specific literary texts; 2) How do we critically evaluate the credentials
    of an African theory of literacy criticism; 3) What will be exclusively,
    permanently, and peculiarly African about such a theory a reading; and 4)
    How do we decant the multiplicity of the heritage of the modern African
    writer/critic from the residue that might finally be called African
    literary theory.

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