033- Pedagogy of Comparative literature: Re-Imagining Literatures of the World


Organized by: Osaka University, Faculty of Letters. Prof. Yorimitsu HASHIMOTO



In the academic world, it is nearly common sense that traditional national literature has expired. National and literary boundaries have drastically changed, but the following current situation should not be overlooked: world literature is too big to grasp for the students (including teachers too) in university. The traditional framework of Western impact theory, even if it is transformed into a form of world literatures or post colonialism, can be repeated. The students in the college classroom, not only in Korea and Japan, have become multinational over the past few decades; for them, growing up in the 21st century, the traditional framework of national literature does not work (or, there is no such framework). Comparative literature should be able to provide more effective and better perspectives for rapidly changing societies and human communities. But how? The four speakers on the panel have repeatedly struggled and devised ways in which the methods and significance of comparative literature can be taught, particularly to undergraduates. We would like to think about and re-imagining literatures of the world from individual experiences as well as pedagogical perspectives from Korea and Japan. This will also lead us to consider the significance of teaching and learning comparative literature in East Asia. We will take up the cases of Korea and Japan, but we believe that this should be an issue common to many other comparatists. We would like to welcome views on examples and challenges in other regions in terms of considering the complex power relations between a country, its wider cultural sphere and the world around it. We hope that by rethinking and reconfiguring comparative literature and, by extension, world literature from an Asian perspective, we can revitalise studying and teaching of comparative literature.

*Keywords: comparative literature, classroom pedagogy, multinational students, boundaries

*Proposed presentation title:

  1. Prof. Yorimitsu Hashimoto (Osaka University): hsmt@let.osaka-u.ac.jp
    "Piracy or pastiche? comparative literature to (un)think about pirates in Japan "
  1. Prof. Tsuyoshi Namigata (Kyushu University): tnamigata@hotmail.com
    "Can we build a bridge over the sea? Teaching Comparative Literature in East Asia"
  1. Prof. Soo-young Nam (Korea National University of Arts): namsy@hotmail.com
    "Against the Monopoly/Monology of 'Literature' in the Pedagogy of Comparative Literature"
  1. Prof. Hyung-jin Lee (Sookmyung Women’s University): jinlee@sookmyung.ac.kr
    "Comparing or Translating? Who is afraid of comparative literature in the classroom?" 

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