Canadian Review of Comparative Literature / Revue canadienne de littérature comparée has just published its latest special issue entitled "Cultural Resonance and the Echo Chamber of Reading". The project was initially greatly inspired by Wai Chee Dimock's 1997 essay, "A Theory of Resonance" as well as Stephen Greenblatt's earlier essay "Resonance and Wonder" (1991). We also engage with more recent critical works such as Hartmut Rosa's Resonance (2019). The issue covers a wide range of examples that aim to bring literatures from different cultural zones and media into dialogue through (ideas of) sound, resonance, echo, voice, reverberations...

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1. Literary Resonance as Cross-Media Echoes: Reading, Hearing, and Modeling Relations

  • "Resonant Listening: Reading Voices and Places in Born-Audio Literary Narratives", Sara Tanderup Linkis (Lund University)
  • "Computational Resonance: Modeling Thomas Mann’s Early Novellas", Laura Alice Chapot (University of Edinburgh)
  • "Sounds in Contact: The American Bird Sounds of a German-American Worker Poet and New Empirical Methods of Comparing Literary Sounds", Gunilla Eschenbach (German Literature Archive Marbach) and Sandra Richter (University of Stuttgart)

2. Traveling Texts and Resonant Spatiality in Dream and Nature

  • "Sounding the Dream: Crosscultural reverberations between Can Xue and Jorge Luis Borges", Astrid Møller-Olsen (Lund University & University of - Stavanger)
  • "Echoes of the Past and Siberian Nature’s 'Radical Otherness': An Ecological Reading of Contemporary Travel Writing", Ana Calvete (University of Helsinki & University Toulouse Jean Jaurès)

3. Nordic Poetic Sound and Resonance: Past and Present

  • "National Renaissance and Nordic Resonance: Language History and Poetic Diction in Nineteenth-Century Sweden", Alfred Sjödin (Karlstad University)
  • "Creative Destruction in Multilingual Sound Poetry: the Case of Eiríkur Örn Nor∂dahl", Karin Nykvist (Lund University)

4. Ideological Echo Chamber and the Politics of Reading

  • "The Resonance of Conflict: Genre and Politics in the Transatlantic Reception of The Quiet American", Oscar Jansson (Lund University)
  • "Literary Resonances against Ideological Echo Chambers: Wu Zhuoliu’s Orphan of Asia and the Necessity of World Literature", Flair Donglai Shi (University of Oxford)