Comparative Literature: Models for Interdisciplinarity in the Humanities?
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|Hinweise:||Hermes 2008 asks what the study of literature contributes to negotiations between literatures, cultures, media, and disciplines. What can it tell us about our capacity as critics to challenge the way thinking is circumscribed? If literary study is an inherently comparative practice, does it have the capacity to create what David Damrosch calls an elliptical rather than a circular critical space, where literatures interact without being dominated by any single one? Does it provide a model for what literary and aesthetic studies generally can contribute to interdisciplinary understanding more widely? How have the debates on interdisciplinary research developed in recent times? What is therelation currently of comparative literature to other forms of comparative study, including comparative history, comparative anthropology and cultural studies? This seminar and the accompanying symposium will ask questions comparatively, and ask questions of comparison itself. The aim is not to contrive comparison where none is required, but to ask how a literary research topic relates to its field of enquiry more broadly; and how fields of enquiry relate to others. Hermes 2008 develops the consortium´s important work in training PhD students in literary and aesthetic studies by providing them with a supportive international environment in which to exchange and challenge their own approaches. It also seeks to advance thought on the value and purpose of aesthetic study itself, as young and established scholars address its future.|