Conference ICLA 2016 Vienna 21-28 July

International Comparative Literature Association – Conference Vienna 2016

Sat, July 23rd, 11:00, Tianhu Hao, E. Comparatists at work – professional communication

Date: Saturday, July 23rd

Room: Marietta Blau

Chair: Tianhu Hao


12:00 PM – AUTHORSHIP TODAY: Digitally Globalized World Authors Ciorogar, Alex (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

The vast majority of theoretical and/or critical approaches available today have spawned from the intellectual pool of the 90’s (also see F. Cusset’s arguments in his histoire critique des années 1990, 2014, La Découverte): geo-political strands (Bertrand Westphal, Robert J. Tally), the so-called Digital Humanities (see Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth’s Companion) World Literature and Translation Studies (Casanova-Damrosch-Moretti; Susan Bassnett, Emily Apter), neo-Darwinist aesthetics (Joseph Carroll, Jonathan Gotschall, Dennis Dutton, Brian Boyd, Edward O. Wilson) and many others. This is to say that there are at least two major directions in contemporary cultural debates: the (trans)disciplinary directions which still legitimize themselves from the fundamental ideas of postmodernism, and, adversely, those which could be defined in opposition to postmodernity’s basic ideological constructions. Strangely enough, they strive in answering the same set of questions: What is the Subject? How can we live together as a community? How does one lead a good life? Facing a new paradigm or an epistemological revolution (Posthumanism, The Speculative Turn), accompanied by the neo-liberal crisis of the humanities, scholars have sought different solutions to recent problems. Antoine Compagnon suggests we should employ a commonsensical re- investigation of the basic concepts of literary theory. Consequently, the present paper analyzes the ways in which the XXI century reassessed the notion of the author (or authorship). In order to address these issues, the paper takes a quick look at the already classicized works about authorship (Barthes, Foucault), while also discussing a set of recent reflections: (1) the new technical and material conditions of authorship; (2) texts which philosophically redefine the status and the nature of authorship, (3) while also looking at sociological descriptions, and (4), finally, we survey a small range of author-related contemporary writing practices.



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