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【03月15日】Svend Erik Larsen摄护谐:Imperial Identities. A Cultural Problem in a Globalized World
 
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海外名家系列讲座第63讲

  

主题豁:Imperial Identities. A Cultural Problem in a Globalized World

承办单位同:英语学院

时间骡容痕:2019315日(周10:05-11:35

地点镜:松江校区五教楼5268

姓名炊轮:Svend Erik Larsen教授

工作单位腻:丹麦奥胡斯大学荣休教授掇锰,目前为四川大学长江学者慈袜秃。

从事专业或研究方向贿鸽渴:比较文学芬寺熊、世界文学

专家简介即寡律:Svend Erik Larsen教授是丹麦奥胡斯大学比较文学荣休教授匠年荤,欧洲科学院副院长俩嚷、文学部主席患,并担任国际知名学术期刊Orbis Litterarum的主编兽。目前为四川大学长江学者膳千。他的研究主要关注文学和文化史壬怖跨、思想史蔫虹克、符号学革荒、记忆研究勤码、世界文学等抠告。Svend Erik Larsen教授著作丰硕蚕迫,包括300多篇学术论文兑肛,其代表作有Sémiologie littéraire (1984)妹税,Signs in Use: An Introduction to Semiotics (2002, with J. D. Johansen), Literature and the Experience of Globalization: Texts Without Borders(2017), Interdisciplinarity, History and Cultural Encounters(2016), Literary Studies Across Cultures: A Chinese-European Dialogue欧炉裤,等等慌席。

讲座内容憋膝:Most continents are rich in post-imperial situations, within written history for many centuries and even longer. In the 20th century, the post-imperial conditions have a global outreach, because the dwindling empires of this century were born during the European colonial expansion after Columbus. Of course, empires have emerged and faded away on other continents: Latin-America and, notably, Asia where the Chinese empire has disappeared and reemerged at different historical junctures. It was a regional empire, not global as the expansionist European empires, and in contrast to the European and Western empires, this coming and going is part of the understanding of an empire, as it is expressed in the canonical Ming dynasty novel The Romance of the Three Kingdoms. The European, and Western, notion of progress and human power to shape history at will make the disappearance of an empire a fall, due to human errors, not a regular detour towards reemergence. The fall or fading away of an empire is not just an event with a precise date, but a process which, inevitably, shows cracks before it actually happens and entangles the pre-imperial and the post-imperial conditions in each other. How to imagine the change, important for our present historical situation, as cultural issue involving cultural identities is the topic of my lecture. My lecture will concentrate on two such imaginative post-imperial prefigurations before the fall actually occurs and recognized by its citizens. One such prefiguration is seen through the eyes of the colonizers, J.M. Foster’s A Passage to India (1927), the other is seen through the eyes of the colonized, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (1957).


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