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IPP KNL | Prof. Dr. phil. Andrew James Johnston (Freie Uni Berlin): "The Temporalities of Global Literature: Multiple Modernities and Multiple Antiquities"

IPP 20th Anniversary Keynote Lecture Series


Apr 13, 2022 from 02:00 to 04:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200)


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The first two decades of the twenty-first century have seen a renewed interest in the concept of 'world literature'. But even as the idea of world literature began to gain traction in literary studies, the fundamental problems associated with this concept immediately attracted criticism. One problem, for instance, is the very notion of the global inherent in 'world literature', another is the notion of literature itself. This paper seeks to address some of the issues involved when we attempt to think literature in global terms and will focus especially on the temporality/temporalities of world literature.


// Prof. Dr. phil. Andrew James Johnston is a professor of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature at the Freie Universität Berlin. He is the author of Performing the Middle Ages from Beowulf to Othello (Brepols, 2008), Robin Hood: Geschichte einer Legende (C.H. Beck, 2013) and Beowulf global: Konstruktionen historisch-kultureller Verflechtungen im altenglischen Epos (Chronos, 2022). His co-edited collections include The Medieval Motion Picture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, with Margitta Rouse and Philipp Hinz), The Art of Vision: Ekphrasis in Medieval Literature and Culture (Ohio State University Press, 2015, with Ethan Knapp and Margitta Rouse), Love, History and Emotion in Chaucer and Shakespeare (Manchester University Press, 2016, with Russell West-Pavlov and Elisabeth Kempf) and Material Remains: Reading the Past in Medieval and Early Modern British Literature (Ohio State University Press, 2021, with Jan-Peer Hartmann). One of his latest articles is entitled "The Aesthetics of 'Wawes Grene': Planets, Paintings and Politics in Chaucer's Knight's Tale," in Helen Fulton (ed.): Chaucer and Italian Culture (University of Wales Press, 2021). He is deputy director of the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, deputy speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre 980 Episteme in Motion and also one of the two directors of the Cluster of Excellence 2020 "Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective". In January 2022 he became one of the editors of Anglia.


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