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Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation (OCCT)

The discipline of Comparative Literature is changing. Its Eurocentric heritage has been challenged by various formulations of ‘world literature’, while new media and new forms of artistic production are bringing urgency to comparative thinking across literature, film, the visual arts and music. The resulting questions of method are both intellectually compelling and central to the future of the humanities. To confront them, our research programme brings together experts from the disciplines of English, Medieval and Modern Languages, Oriental Studies, and Classics, and draws in collaborators from Music, Visual Art, Film, Philosophy and History.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Translation as Afterlife In this seminar, Marcela Sulak (Bar Ilan University) and Adriana X. Jacobs (Oriental Studies) will explore the possibility of translation as “afterlife” through a discussion of the Hebrew poets Orit Gidali and Hezy Leskly. Marcela Sulak, Adriana X Jacobs 24 Feb 2017
2 “Forgotten Europe”: Translating Marginalised Languages Looking specifically at Modern Greek, Polish, Dutch, and Swedish, this event interrogates what it means to translate and publish marginalised and minor European languages into English. Peter Mackridge, Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Paul Vincent, Sarah Death 10 Feb 2017
3 Between Languages: Working in and out on Translation With Adriana X. Jacobs (Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature), Kasia Szymanska (Junior Research Fellow in Slavonic Studies, University College), chaired by Kate Costello (DPhil candidate in Twentieth-Century Chinese Literature). Adriana X Jacobs, Kasia Szymanska, Kate Costello 30 Nov 2016
4 Literature Beyond Literary Studies: Intermediality and Interdisciplinarity With Professor Ben Morgan (Professor of German) and Peter Hill (Junior Research Fellow in Arabic Literature, Christ Church College), chaired by Karoline Watroba (DPhil candidate in German and Comparative Criticism). Karoline Watroba, Ben Morgan, Peter Hill 01 Nov 2016
5 Comparative Criticism: What Is It and Why Do We Do It? Matthew Reynolds and Mohamed-Salah Omri discuss comparative literary criticism. Chaired by Valeria Taddei. Matthew Reynolds, Mohamed-Salah Omri, Valeria Taddei 19 Oct 2016
6 Intercultural Literary Practices Laura Lonsdale (Queen's College, Oxford): 'Barbarisms: Multilingualism and Modernity in Narratives of the Spanish- speaking World’. Respondent: Jane Hiddleston (French/Oxford) Laura Lonsdale, Jane Hiddeston 09 Nov 2015
7 Fiction and Other Minds Peter Garratt (Durham): ‘Mind Bloat and The Lifted Veil’ Helen Small (English/Oxford): 'On the Verification of Mental Experience'. Chaired by Ben Morgan. Peter Garratt, Ben Morgan, Helen Small 09 Nov 2015
8 Extremist Translation and the Deformation Zone Joyelle McSweeney (University of Notre Dame), Johannes Göransson (University of Notre Dame), Dr Adriana X. Jacobs (Oriental Institute), give a talk for the OCCT Translation and Criticism strand. Joyelle McSweeney, Johannes Göransson, Adriana X Jacobs 24 Jul 2015
9 Lunchtime talk with Italian journalist Antonio Armano Cultural journalist and a writer.Antonio Armano in conversation with Valentina Gosetti. Antonio Armano, Valentina Gosetti 23 Jun 2015
10 Translation and Ekphrasis: Dante and the visual arts Ekphrasis finds words for paintings and other visual phenomena; translation finds words for other words. But how secure in this distinction, given that language has visual form, and that the visual arts can employ language-like elements? Robin Kirkpatrick, Jas Elsner, Matthew Reynolds, Andrew Klevan 24 Feb 2015
11 Creative Commons Intercultural Tales Hanan al-Shaykh gives a talk on 'Intercultural Literary Practices', with responses by Professor Marina Warner and Claire Gallien, chaired by Prof. Mohamed-Salah Omri (Oriental Studies). Part of the Intercultural Literary Practices OCCT Strand. Hanan al-Shaykh, Marina Warner, Claire Gallien, Mohamed-Salah Omri 17 Feb 2015
12 Creative Commons To the Lighthouse Laura Salisbury, Sowon Park (English), give a talk about Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse. The chair is Ben Morgan (MML). Part of the Fiction and Other Minds OCCT Strand. Sowon Park, Ben Morgan, Laura Sailsbury 09 Feb 2015
13 Creative Commons OCCT event - The Creativity of Criticism part four Short presentation by Dr Martyn Harry (Music) followed by discussion. Martyn Harry 19 Dec 2014
14 Creative Commons OCCT event - The Creativity of Criticism part three Short presentation by Dr Jason Gaiger (Ruskin School) followed by discussion. Jason Gaiger 19 Dec 2014
15 Creative Commons OCCT event - The Creativity of Criticism part two Short presentation by Dr Matthew Reynolds (English) followed by discussion. Matthew Reynolds 19 Dec 2014
16 Creative Commons Languages of Criticism - Translation and Comparison part two Translation and Comparison. Convener: Dr. Xiaofan Amy Li Clive Holes 17 Dec 2014
17 Unbuttoning Catullus A discussion with Dr Gail Trimble, Prof. Nicola Gardini, Josephine Balmer for the OCCT Translation and Criticism strand. Chaired by Professor Matthew Reynolds Gail Trimble, Nicola Gardini, Josephine Balmer, Matthew Reynolds. 01 Dec 2014
18 Other Worlding A talk given by Peter Hitchcock from the OCCT strand "Intercultural Literary Practises." Peter Hitchcock, Katrin Kohl, Mohamed-Salah Omri, Jane Hiddleston 14 Nov 2014
19 Kirmen Uribe - Reading and in discussion with Daniela Omlor and Xon de Ros A reading and discussion from the Translation and Criticism strand, Cultures of Mind-Reading: The Novel and Other Minds Intercultural Literary Practices. Kirmen Uribe, Daniela Omlor, Xon de Ros 14 Nov 2014
20 Creative Commons Cultures of Mind-Reading: The Novel and Other Minds - ‘Narrative and/as Heterophenomenology: Modelling Nonhuman Experiences in Storyworlds’ Prof David Herman (Durham) on ‘Narrative and/as Heterophenomenology: Modelling Nonhuman Experiences in Storyworlds’ with responses from Dr Emily Troscianko (MML) and Dr James Carney (Social and Evolutionary Science Research Group) followed by refreshments David Herman, Emily Troscianko, James Carney 20 Sep 2014
21 Creative Commons Cultures of Mind-Reading: The Novel and Other Minds - “Tell Me Who I Am” Dr. Marco Bernini (Durham): ‘Parallel Convergence: Cognitive Science Facing Beckett’s “The Unnamable”’, and Dr. Simon Kemp (Oxford): ‘Tell Me Who I Am’: Beckett’s “The Unnamable”. Marco Bernini, Simon Kemp 20 Sep 2014
22 Creative Commons OCCT event - The Point of Comparison The Point of Comparison Mohamed-Salah Omri, Elleke Boehmer, Ben Morgan, Nicola Gardini 20 Sep 2014
23 Creative Commons Languages of Criticism - Translation and Comparison part one Translation and Comparison. Convener: Dr. Xiaofan Amy Li Clive Scott 20 Sep 2014
24 Creative Commons Languages of Criticism - The Practice of Commentary Dr Robert Chard (Oriental Studies) on Commentary and the Confucian Ritual Canon, and Prof Stephen Harrison (Classics) on Commentary and Reception in Classics. Robert Chard, Stephen Harrison 20 Sep 2014
25 Creative Commons Languages of Criticism - Creatively Critical Dr Clare Connors (UEA) and Prof Wen-Chin Ouyang (SOAS) will explore the place of creativity in recent Western and classical Arabic literary criticism. Respondent: Dr Helen Slaney. Clare Connors, Wen-Chin Ouyang, Helen Slaney. 20 Sep 2014
26 Creative Commons OCCT event - The Creativity of Criticism part one Short presentation by Andrew Klevan, followed by discussion. Andrew Klevan 20 Sep 2014
27 Creative Commons Philosophy of Criticism - Creativity as a Virtue of Character Prof. Matthew Kieran (Leeds) Matthew Kieran 20 Sep 2014
28 Creative Commons Philosophy of Criticism - Malcolm Budd’s “The Intersubjective Validity of Aesthetic Judgements” Prof Derek Matravers (The Open University) on Malcolm Budd’s “The Intersubjective Validity of Aesthetic Judgements”. Derek Matravers 20 Sep 2014
29 Creative Commons Philosophy of Criticism - Justifying Canonic Value Prof. Paul Crowther (Galway) on the Canon. Convened by Dr. Klevan and Dr. Grant. Paul Crowther 20 Sep 2014
30 Creative Commons Philosophy of Criticism - Creativity, Culture and Tradition Prof. Berys Gaut (St Andrews) on Creativity Berys Gaut 20 Sep 2014
31 Creative Commons Intercultural Literary Practices - Rethinking the Political through Intercultural Aesthetics Salim Bachi is author of Le Chien d’Ulysse (2001), Le Silence de Mahomet (2010), Moi, Khaled Khelkal (2012), and other books. He will read from his work (with a translation provided), and discuss the seminar theme. Other speakers are: Patrick Crowley (Uni Salim Bachi, Patrick Crowley, Mohamed-Salah Omri, Jane Hiddleston 20 Sep 2014
32 Creative Commons Intercultural Literary Practices - Theorising Interculturality Dr. Birgit Kaiser (Utrecht), Prof. Peter McDonald (English), and Prof. Elleke Boehmer (English) Birgit Kaiser, Peter McDonald, Elleke Boehmer 20 Sep 2014
33 Creative Commons Translators and Writers - Translation and Fictionality Peter Ghosh and Jonathan Katz on Translation and Fictionality Peter Ghosh, Jonathan Katz, Patrick McGuinness 20 Sep 2014
34 Creative Commons Translators and Writers - Poetry and the Act of Translation Prof Patrick McGuinness (MML) on pseudo translations and Dr Adriana X Jacobs (Oriental Studies) on rogue translations. Respondent: Kasia Szymanska. Patrick McGuinness, Adriana X Jacobs, Kasia Szymanska 20 Sep 2014
35 Literature in the World Ritchie Robertson on Weltliteratur before Goethe; Wen-Chin Ouyang's response; Sowon Park on world literature and the pan-Asian empire. Ritchie Robertson, Sowon Park 22 Oct 2013
36 Shaped by the Classics? Tania Demetriou on the non-existent classical epyllion; Helen Slaney on dilettante comparatists; Henriette Korthals Altes on dance and text; John McKeane on Sophocles, Holderlin and Lacoue-Labarthe. Tania Demetriou, Helen Slaney, Henriette Korthals Altes, John McKeane 22 Oct 2013
37 Comparative Literature, Britain and Empire Joep Leerssen on Anglo-Saxon and Celtic Philologists: Comparative Literature between National Ethnicity and Global Empire. Joep Leerssen, Ritchie Robertson 22 Oct 2013
38 Tropes of Comparison Katrin Kohl on metaphors of comparison, Ami Li on temporality and interpretive contexts, Carole Bourne-Taylor on Michel Deguy. Katrin Kohl, Ami Li, Carole Bourne-Taylor 22 Oct 2013
39 Round Table: The Future of Comparative Criticism Matthew Reynolds, Laura Marcus, Mohamed-Salah Omri and Terence Cave on the futures of comparative criticism; followed by discussion. Matthew Reynolds, Laura Marcus, Mohamed-Salah Omri, Terence Cave 22 Oct 2013