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Barcelona, city of literature, holds the symposium: Weltiteratur and comparative literature. Europe's perspective

The symposium focuses on the debate on the European dimension of Weltliteratur and the way in which European literature can help Europe thinking.

The symposium focuses on the debate on the European dimension of Weltliteratur and the way in which European literature can help Europe thinking.

13/06/2016

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In Barcelona, City of Literature, appointed UNESCO Creative City in 2015, the research group for Comparative Literature in the European Intellectual Space of the University of Barcelona organizes in the headquarters of the Museum of the History of Barcelona (MUHBA) in Vallvidrera, Vil·la Joana, the international symposium Weltliteratur and comparative literature. Europe’s perspective. From a vision given by a literature such as the Catalan one and a city like Barcelona, the symposium focuses on the debate on the European dimension of Weltliteratur and the way in which European literature can help Europe thinking.

 

Representatives of universities from Catalonia, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Hungary and North America, will debate on the perspectives of Weltliteratur and its origins, and the characteristics of the so-called European literature and small nations’ contributions in this time of globalization, and the relationship between literature and politics.

There will be the participation of the lecturers from the Department of Spanish Philology, Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature of the University of Barcelona, Antoni Martí Monterde (La literatura catalana com a Weltliteratur), Borja Bagunyà (La novel·la global: Weltliteratur I Weltmarkt), Bernat Padró (Les revistes literàries: un cas extrem d’internacionalisme), Teresa Rosell (Samuel Becket o la Weltliteratur) and the lecturer of the University of Girona, Neus Penalba (La maxima diversitat en el minim espai. Milan Kundera I l’europeisme perifèric de les nacions petites des d’una perspectiva catalana).

The main topics of the symposium will be the movement of literatures around the world and the difficulties in translation being the big problem of worldwide literature, by participants from the CNRS-EHES of Paris and the University of New York.

In 1827 Goethe created the term Weltliteratur, considered to be the birth of comparative literature. The range of this term at a global level has dominated the approximation to a European literature which, over the years, was dominated by the great literatures, affected by a higher cultural plurality and the possibility of developing an inclusive history of European literature, as nearly complex as global literature.

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