Strangeness and World Literature
The idea of strangeness is often seen as an intrinsic value to literature and art. It suggests mystery, a larger world, something to discover. On the other hand, strangeness is also considered an obstacle for reading world literature. References that do not make sense, worlds that need to be opened, genres that are unfamiliar. In this talk, I will approach the theme of strangeness and world literature from three perspectives: circulation of works, formal techniques, and strangeness as a subversive cultural foundation.
Mads Rosendahl Thomsen
Aarhus University, Denmark
Mads Rosendahl Thomsen is Professor of Comparative Literature at Aarhus University in Denmark, one of the leading experts in World Literature Studies in Europe. Among his books can be mentioned Mapping World Literature: International Canonization and Transnational Literatures (2009), World Literature: a Reader (2012), Danish Literature as World Literature (2017), Literature: An Introduction to Theory and Analysis (2017).