034- The Global Novel: Crossing Circulation and Poetics

 

Organized by: Prof. Marta Puxan Oliva, Prof. Neus Rotger

English, Spanish

 

This group discussion proposes to gather scholars to debate on the recent topic of the global novel, an emerging corpus of post-1989 novels concerned with issues such as cosmopolitanism, migration, multilingualism and translation, the environmental crisis and the Anthropocene, or global violence. Scholars of the global novel such as Debjani Ganguly, Paul Jay, Stefano Calabresi, James Annesley, Ignacio Sánchez Prado, and Rebecca Walkovitz have approached this phenomenon from a variety of perspectives that include critical cosmopolitanism, world literature, human rights studies, ecocriticism, or translation studies. We wish to advance the discussion of the global novel by crossing diverse literary and critical traditions that can help us open the recent discussion on this contemporary genre in two directions. First, the group will cross sociological studies on the global novel that deal with translation, circulation and critical reception with formal and narratological approaches so as to see the ways in which these theoretical and methodological crossings can further our understanding of the genre, which currently hesitates between contradictory definitions that tie it to the globalization of markets and definitions that rely on the ethical powers of global representations. Second, by gathering scholars working with different languages and literary and critical traditions, we wish to broaden the scope of mostly Anglophone discussions so as to see how contemporary novels in different contexts are today addressing narrative from a global perspective. Our ongoing project “GlobalNovel: The Novel as Global Form. Poetic Challenges and Cross-border Literary Circulation” (Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, PID2020-118610GA-I00), which gathers scholars working on the topic internationally, wishes to open its discussion and research to the International Comparative Literature community to enrich the current debate.

Keywords: Global Novel, Narrative Form, Circulation, Translation, World Literature