Date: 2 July 2015 Time: 9.15 am 2 July - 5.00 pm 3 July
Venue: Lancaster House Hotel conference centre, Green Lane, Lancaster, LA1 4GJ
World Authors and Translators in the Global Circulation of Capital
Keynote Speakers: Aleida Assman, Susan Bassnett, Anne Barron, Benedict Schofield and with special poetry performance by Mazen Maarouf.
What are the economic, political, legal, and technological processes underpinning how authors act on the contemporary global stage, and does it make sense to talk about such a thing as a ‘world author’? This event invites participants to reflect on the social function of authors and translators in the circulation of literature in a global economy. Our research papers consider how recent developments in the commodification of literature have transformed traditional conceptions of the author as an autonomous, but primarily textual, agent, as well as questioned the relationships between ‘minor’, ‘national’ and ‘world’ literatures that individual authors and their translators are still frequently made to represent. Three short-paper panels encourage comparative discussion of individual case studies in the light of our research papers. A round-table with industry specialists concludes the event by presenting the very real practical and legal intercultural issues that determine how authors and their foreign-language rights circulate in the contemporary global publishing industry.
Registration for this event is now available through the Authors and the World website.
Thursday 2 July
9:30-10:30: Aleida Assmann (Konstanz), ‘Sermons for Peace" The Writer as a Public Institution’
10:30-11:30 Panel: Authority, Authorship and the Global Market
Anna-Katharina Krüger, ‘“Because I was not a writer…” " Authority and Authorship in Dave Eggers’ What is the What
Katy Stewart, ‘Ondjaki/Ndalu de Almeida: Negotiating Cultural Identity on a Global Stage’
Joanna Neilly, ‘A German Rousseau? Karl Gutzkow’s Jean Jacques in the Capitalist Market’
11:30-12:30 Coffee & discussion
12:30- 13:30: Anne Barron (Law Department, London School of Economics) ‘Credit, Voice and Royalties’
14:30-15:30: Panel: Political Translations of Authorship
Nathalie Carré, ‘Major Writers in Minor Languages: Ngugi wa Thiongo’s Case, from Gikuyu to French’
Alex Harrington, ‘Anglophone Life-Writing on Anna Akhmatova and the Dynamics of the Myth of the Russian Poet in Russia and the West’
Sandra Mayer, ‘Continental Reputation Equalling Posthumous Fame? Disraeli’s Literary and Political Celebrity in an International Context’
15:30-16:30 Tea and discussion
16:30 -17:30: Plenary session
20:30: Poetry reading with Mazen Maarouf
Mazen Maarouf is a Palestinian-Icelandic poet and writer, lauded as a ‘rising international literary star’. He has published three collections of poetry: The Camera Doesn't Capture Birds, Our Grief Resembles Bread, and most recently An Angel Suspended On The Clothesline, which has been translated into several languages including into French by Samira Negrouche (Amandier Poésie, 2013). His work is currently being translated into English by Kareem James Abu-Zeid and Nathalie Handal.
Friday 3 July
9:30-10.30: Benedict Schofield (German Studies, Kings College London), ‘The Global Shakespeare’
11:00-13.00: Interactive round table: ‘What is a World Author?’
With Alessandro Gallenzi (Alma Books), Gesche Ipsen (Pushkin Press), Charlotte Ryland (New Books in German), Frank Wynne (freelance translator from the French and the Spanish), Mazen Maarouf (author), Sridhara Aghalaya (literary agent)
14:00-15:00: Panel: Embodiment, Authenticity and Authorship
Caroline Summers, ‘Discursive Dismemberment: Fragmenting Authorship in the “Body” of the Translated Text’
Kate Roy, ‘Paratextual Politics " Global Images, the Visual Plane, and the “Authentic Author” in the Textual History of the Memoiren einer arabischen Prinzessin’
Emily Spiers, ‘”My body is a storm cloud waiting to burst”: Authorship, Authenticity, and Cultural Hybridity in Performance Poetry’
15:00-16:00: Susan Bassnett, (Comparative Literature, Warwick), The Power of Rewritings.
16:00-17:00: Small group discussions
Event website: http://www.authorsandtheworld.com/
Who can attend: Anyone
Organising departments and research centres: English and Creative Writing, European Languages and Cultures