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刊名: 外语电化教学
主办: 上海外国语大学
周期: 双月
出版地:上海市
语种: 中文
开本: 大16开
ISSN: 1001-5795
CN: 31-1036/G4
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Realism and the Novel II: Ecological Mutations

    人物 Prof. Mike Hill 
日期 2019年11月28日(周四)
时间 13:30 - 15:30
地点 虹口校区6号楼504室
主办 文学研究院
语言 英语 English

内容提要

In an age where writing and the old technology of print has been all but displaced by computers and screens, this seminar will ask: what happens to realism and the novel in the contemporary context? New developments in Digital Humanities promise to widen the scale of how we understand the novel, changing our definition not only of what the novel is but also our notions of where it comes from and when. In Franco Moretti’s work with large data sets and algorithmic “surface reading,” for example, the restricted list of Western canonical literature is displaced. Broader arrays of novels are enumerated in a way that is more massive—and worldlier—than ever. But here again (recalling Bacon) we must ask a question about media, scale, and the real world: How is “the real” expanded and therefore reconstructed as we move between the new technology and the old? If the early modern novel made its claim for realism by enlarging what fiction is and what it does, then might we think about a new realism that goes further than the earlier one with the same agenda of reality expansion? This question introduces a new prospect for the novel, exceeding one of its original touchstones: the veracity of human experience, and even the ontological primacy of the human being per se. Contemporary examples of what we might call eco-realism seek to foster new relationships between reality and human experience. By exploring what Bruno Latour calls a “democracy of things,” contemporary writers such as Octavia Butler, Richard Powers, and Amitav Gosh present examples of the realist novel where “the real” is not reducible to anthropomorphic scales, categories, or time lines. However, rather than seeing this development as a break from early modern fiction, we will consider eco-realism as the opportunity to discover a worldlier history of literature, a future of and for the novel that was already part of its past.

 
人物简介

Prof. Mike Hill

麦克·希尔教授(Prof. Mike Hill)任职于纽约州立大学奥尔巴尼分校英语系,是长期从事英美文学和文化研究的资深学者,已出版《另一个亚当·斯密:商业社会、大众抗争和新经济学的诞生》《大众、阶级与公共领域》《白色之后:解析美国的大多数》等专著。其中,《另一个亚当·斯密》已于2018年推出中文版,该书对启蒙思想家亚当·斯密作了批评思考,探析了亚当·斯密的著作在21世纪的理论争论中仍然占据重要地位的原因,并涉及对休谟、康德、黑格尔、马克思和尼采的解读。

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