World Literature Studies 1/2021: Posthuman Topics in Literature and Other Arts

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Since its emergence as a genre, science fiction has dealt with the concept of human transformation. In various narratives describing the encounter of people with posthumans or aliens, human stereotypes, human nature and the humanistic paradigm itself are exposed to the challenge and critical reflection which posthumanism has introduced and developed within the contemporary humanities. The articles in this issue are focused on identifying transhuman and posthuman themes and motifs in both literary and artistic forms of science fiction (including bioart, film and television series) from a posthumanist perspective.

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The collection The Complexity of Creativity has been published upon the occasion of the jubilee of the literary scholar, Germanist, Slavicist and writer Mária Bátorová, whose work it presents in its complexity across scholarly and creative genres. Besides her personal bibliography, it contains studies by Slovak and foreign scholars, creative contributions, essays, congratulations, pictures, and two interviews about her work at the University of Cologne, literary-theoretical approaches and creative efforts.


Renáta Bojničanová – Tamara Šimončíková Heribanová (eds.): Komplexnosť tvorivosti. Zborník príspevkov k jubileu Márie Bátorovej. Bratislava: Veda, vydavateľstvo SAV a Ústav svetovej literatúry SAV, 2020.  544 s.
ISBN 978-80-224-1837-9

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World Literature Studies 4/2020: National and Transnational Frameworks in European Literatures

obálka_defEditors: Mária Bátorová, Róbert Gáfrik

Comparative literature has been associated with national and transnational frameworks since its inception, and this relationship in literature and in the formation of identities is one of the key aspects of the present. It is a relationship formed in multidimensional socio-political and broader cultural processes, and the ideas about them change as the discipline itself changes. The articles in this thematic block show the current concept of the transnational in various aspects that go beyond thinking about literature in a national context.

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Lit_cast Slowakei with Adam Bžoch

Adam BžochLit_cast Slowakei is the first podcast about Slovak literature in German hosted by Michal Hvorecký. This podcast is designed
for people who are interested in the life
of Slovak books in German speaking countries. In the 14th edition of Lit_cast Slowakei Michal Hvorecký talks with Adam Bžoch, literary scholar, Germanist, Dutch language scholar and translator from German and Dutch literature who currently works at the Institue of World Literature at SAS. He taught at universities
in Bratislava, Ružomberok and Trnava. In 2020, he was a visiting scholar at the Viennese International Research Center for Cultural Studies. You can listen to it here.

Anotacia Mikulas_MetaphernforschungThe edited volume Metaphor Research in Interdisciplinary and Interdiscursive Perspectives considers the metaphor as a phenomenon that constantly accompanies and forms our orientation in space, communication and thinking. Our reality is generated by and exists in metaphors. This process can be analyzed from various perspectives of the human sciences, depending on which we can find different answers to the question of how reality is constructed through communication. It is therefore meaningful to ask how metaphors (re)construct our thinking and behaving. The authors perceive the metaphor not primarily as a phenomenon of the language system, but rather as a unique interconnection between cognition and communication. This position is supported by the fact that the metaphor has been increasingly studied by using the instruments of cognitive studies and discourse analysis. Taking interdisciplinary approaches, the studies give unique answers to the question of how the metaphor operates in the field between cognition and communication, and to what extent it takes part in what we can call a coherent and cohesive picture of the world.

ROMAN MIKULÁŠ (ed.): Metaphernforschung in interdisziplinären und interdiskursiven Perspektiven. Paderborn: Brill /mentis, 2020. 457 pp. ISBN 978-3-95743-190-5


World Literature Studies 3/2020: The Language of Transcendent Experience in Phenomenological Literary Interpretation

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Editors: Magda Kučerková, Martin Vašek
This issue is thematically focused on the language of transcendent experience, especially the category of inexpressibility, as it has been captured in the history of European literature by texts with artistic or aesthetic value. The individual studies, in the form of literary interpretation or philosophical reflection, seek to examine the balance between the transcendental experience and the words that capture it. The intellectual impulse behind this reflection, anchored in the dialogue of literary science and phenomenology, is the work of the contemporary French philosopher Jean-Luc Marion, especially the concept of the saturated phenomenon.

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International Comparative Conference: National and Postnational Frameworks in European Literature

International Comparative Conference (JPG)Czech and Slovak Association of Comparative Literature and Institute of World Literature SAS invite you to the international comparative conference entitled National and Postnational Frameworks in European Literature.

WHEN: Wednesday 12th – Thursday 13th February 2020

WHERE: Institute of World Literature
Dúbravská cesta 9, Bratislava

Program of the conference: Conference program

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Guest lecture by Johannes D. Kandiski: Getting Big Things Done. The Nightmare of Engineered Futures in Contemporary Sci-Fi

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The Institute of World Literature of the Slovak Academy of Sciences invites you to the guest lecture by Johannes D. Kaminski entitled Getting Big Things Done: The Nightmare of Engineered Futures in Contemporary Sci-Fi.

WHEN: 5th February (Wednesday) 2020, 2:00pm

WHERE: Institute of World Literature SAS, Dúbravská cesta 9, Bratislava
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Call for Papers: (Inter)Faces:Thinking the Face in Literature and the Visual Arts

World Literature Studies, Special Issue, vol. 11, no. 4, 2019

Edited by Tomáš Jirsa (Palacký University Olomouc) and Rebecca Rosenberg (King’s College London)

Across cultural history, the face has figured both a site of intimate familiarity and radical unknowability. On the one hand, the face is the most immediate and recognizable marker of identity: an organic surface upon which interiority is projected and displayed. Continue reading Call for Papers: (Inter)Faces:Thinking the Face in Literature and the Visual Arts

Call for Papers: Images of Remote Countries in the Literatures of Central and Eastern Europe

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Anton Pokrivčák (, University of Trnava

Miloš Zelenka (, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice – Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra

The research into interliterary relations in Central and Eastern Europe has mostly been focused on the neighbouring countries. Scholarly attention has also been paid to the image of the neighbouring countries, or of significant national minorities. However, in current global world the contacts with remote cultures are becoming more frequent in this region as well, and, therefore, they will be explored in the proposed issue of the Journal in more detail. The criticism of Orientalism and postcolonial studies have brought new views on the depiction of the colonialised cultures of Asia, Africa and Latin America. The aim of the proposed issue will thus be to discuss

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