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World Literature Studies 1/2024: Derrida and Literature

eds. Marcel Forgáč ‒ Milan Kendra ‒ Alžbeta Kuchtová

This journal issue, devoted to Derrida’s thinking about literature, addresses a number of questions raised by deconstruction with regard to literariness. In the terms set by deconstruction, the study of the relationship between Derrida and literature leads to an interdisciplinary textual analysis. The studies gathered here therefore deal with issues such as the death of the author, autobiographical writing, the marginality or singularity of literature (and in literature), as well as the difference between philosophy and literature or the transgressiveness of literature. At the same time, they reflect on the problems of democracy, politics, law, ethics or economics, which in Derrida’s approach are associated with the effects of literature.


Derrida and Literature
Hry záhybov: Habermas, Derrida, Mukařovský
Derrida et la littérature : une relation passionnelle
This strange institution called performativity: Jacques Derrida, the anarchy of literature,
and the counterinstitution of democracy
Derrida and the potentiality of literature: Notes on Derrida’ s “The Law of Genre”
La question de la littérature chez Jacques Derrida : le droit fondamental et l’ ouverture
du parergon
L’ unique et le texte. Derrida, Valéry, entre autres
La mort de l’ auteur entre Barthes, Derrida et Foucault
How many deaths? Auto-bio-graphy as death-writing

The full content of the issue with links to the individual texts can be found HERE.

World Literature Studies 4/2023: Autobiographical Writing and Autofiction: Contemporary Approaches

eds. Ján Jambor ‒ Zuzana Malinovská

This journal issue is devoted to the forms of authorial self-expression in prose works of world literature since 2000. The relevance of the topic is explained by the significant changes that affect lives nowadays. By means of different methodological approaches, the authors of the nine studies in five languages confirm that autobiographical writing and autofiction do not result
in straightforward life documentations, but in unique literary constructions of reality, coping with personal and collective experience, with liminal life situations, with the process of writing and literary tradition, as well as with the past or present of a given country.


Autobiografické písanie a autofikcia v súčasnej próze
Écriture du deuil comme interrogation de soi : Deuils cannibales et mélancoliques
de Catherine Mavrikakis
Melitta Brezniks Prosawerk zwischen faktualem und fiktionalem Erzählen
Von der Auflösung der Person: Das seltsame Problem der personalen Identität
in neueren deutschsprachigen Autopathographien
Autobiografie ‒ Metaautobiografie ‒ Autosoziobiografie: Ostdeutsches autobiografisches
Erinnern im neuen Jahrtausend
Život, který se stal románem: Autofikční Životopisy Oty Filipa
Genre hybridity, self-discovery and trauma: Andrea Tompa’s The Hangman’s House
„Problémy so žánrom v pažeráku smrti“: Vlastná smrť Pétera Nádasa a Pankreasník
Pétera Esterházyho ako hraničné prípady autobiografie
The Secret by Yuri Andrukhovych: An autobiographical novel in the form
of an interview
K rôznym podobám autobiografického písania v slovenskej próze po roku 2000

The full content of the issue with links to the individual texts can be found HERE.



Job Offer: Researcher – Translation and Language Contact in Literature Project

Join an exciting 5-year IMPULZ research project entitled Translation and Cross-Lingual Stylistic Transfer: Towards a Theory of Language Contact in Literature (PI Eugenia Kelbert). This transdisciplinary project explores the dynamics of fields such as multilingualism, postcolonial literature, translation, influence, and international literary movements to analyse the stylistic and cognitive mechanisms of languages coming into contact in various literary contexts. It then builds on this research to consider ways in which it can help vulnerable groups and feed back into the literary process, including through the development of innovative digital humanities tools.

Location: Institute of World Literature, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia.
The successful candidates will be required to either relocate to Bratislava or commute on a regular basis.

How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a sample of relevant academic work to The cover letter should include a short statement on a potential case study (or case studies) you propose to pursue within the project. Please indicate whether you are applying for the full-time or part-time position, and whether you would be interested in being considered for both.

Deadline for Applications: 7th of January 2024.

Shortlisted candidates who submit their applications by the deadline will be invited to an interview (in person or online) in the following week. Late applications may continue to be accepted until the positions are filled.

Positions Available:
1 Full-Time Researcher
• 1 Part-Time Researcher (exact fraction subject to negotiation)
To enquire about these positions, please contact Eugenia Kelbert at

Anticipated Start Date: 1st February 2024.

Duration: 1 year, with the expectation to extend up to 5 years

Key Responsibilities: 
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Róbert Gáfrik´s guest lecture at the first world literature centre in India

Our colleague, the comparatist Róbert Gáfrik, visited the Centre for the Study of World Literature at the International Institute of Information Technology Bhubaneswar in the Indian state of Urisa  in August 2023. This is the first centre dedicated to world literature in India, it was founded by Dr. Lipika Das in 2022. Róbert Gafrik is a member of its advisory board. On August 23, he delivered a guest lecture titled “The Concept and Objectives of World Literature”. The lecture organized in collaboration between IIIT Bhubaneswar and the Centre for Asian Studies was introduced by Professor Jatindra Kumar Nayak.


The local newspaper, The Political and Business Daily, reported on this comparative event. Read here:

“Literature and Knowledge” in the Context of Literary Interdiscourse Analysis

Roman Mikuláš
Ján Jambor

This issue responds to current key research questions on the literature-science nexus, opening up two basic lines of thinking: how literature transforms the complex contents of scientific knowledge and how distinctively literary modes shape scientific discourse. Conceptually the articles focus on this research through the literary theory of interdiscursivity, that is, the analysis of interdiscourses. One block of articles is devoted to the theoretical, methodological and literary-didactic aspects of interdiscursivity, while the other presents case studies on the work of authors whose poetics are characterized by elements of special scientific discourses.


Od topológií k typológiám a späť: K problematike štruktúrovania korelácií literatúry,
vedy a poznania
Apotheke, Baukasten, Randgang, Exkursion ins Imaginäre: Lexikographien wissenschaftlicher. Begriffe und Theorien als Beiträge zum literarisch-wissenschaftlichen Interdiskurs
The essay and interdiscursivity: Knowledge between singularity and sensus communis
Literarhistorisches Verstehen auf Grundlage der Interdiskursanalyse fördern? Didaktische
Überlegungen zum Text-Kontext-Problem
Cognitive cartographies in Liviu Rebreanu’s “Forest of the Hanged”
Medzi literatúrou a vedou – na materiáli textov Stanislava Rakúsa
Theater und Wissen. Pflanzenphilosophie auf der Bühne
Science fiction, ecology of mind and the uncanny in “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick

The full content of the issue with links to the individual texts can be found HERE.


Transculturalism and narratives of literary history in East-Central Europe

wls3_2022_obalkaJudit Görözdi
Zoltán Németh
Magdalena Roguska-Németh


This issue explores East-Central European literary and literary historical narratives from the perspective of the phenomena and networks of transculturalism, following the concepts of globalism, heterotopia, extraterritoriality, translocality, deterritorialization and border crossing. By examining the role of transculturalism in the specific literary formations of the region, the articles show the effect of multi- and translingualism as well as cultural hybridity in texts, microliteratures and minority literatures. The aim is to contribute to the development of more diversified approaches in the writing of national literary history in East-Central Europe.

You can read the editorial HERE.


Transculturality in literature: A phenomenon as old as it is current
On the concept of world literature
The problems with delimiting the notion of transculturality in literary studies
Transculturalism in literature as reflected in the works of translingual writers from the Hungarian cultural context
Fiction: heritage, choice, creation
Confluences: On the possibility of describing a transcultural history of (micro)literature – the Upper Silesian perspective
Transculturality in Romanian literary histories: The case of literature from Moldova
The transcultural levels of minority literary history writing: Hungarian literature in Slovakia
The possibilities of a transcultural narrative in 19th-century Central Europe: Ján Chalupka and Gusztáv Szontagh

The full content of the issue with links to the individual texts can be found HERE.

World Literature Studies 2/2022: World Literature from the Perspective of “Small” Literatures

obalka s linkouRóbert Gáfrik
Miloš Zelenka

Over the past few decades, world literature has been conceived of as a canon or a system which texts enter through the “large” literatures written in hegemonic languages such as English. Texts from smaller literatures have to fulfill something extra in order to achieve the status of world literature. This concept presents world literature as a correlate of political and economic power. The current issue presents studies reflecting on the relation of ”small” literatures to world literature, while also raising epistemological and ethical questions.

Read more HERE.

World Literature Studies 1/2022: Translation and creativity

WLS1_2022_obalka_orezova linka1This issue takes creativity and translation as its two core topics. The contributions position themselves to these themes in various ways, ranging from addressing creativity in translation on the theoretical level, through the employment of methodologies creatively appropriated from other disciplines and applied to hybrid objects of study, to the inquiries into interactions between humans and technologies and persisting hierarchies of power. The composition of the volume, addressing such topics as dance, troubadour poetry, neural networks or queer perspectives in translation studies, encourages the reader to embrace the cross-pollination of research objects and methodologies.

Read more HERE.

World Literature Studies 2/2021: The Location of Utopia

WLS2_2021_obalka_vyrezEditors: Péter Hajdu and Róbert Gáfrik

The geographical and temporal orientation of European and non-European utopias seem to differ in many politico-cultural aspects. The articles collected in this issue demonstrate that national and cultural determination can still be perceived, and they confirm the attention paid to the issues of nationalism, colonialism, or religious imperialism in utopia studies. Moreover, some of the authors show that an interplay between the culture of origin and the local/cultural otherness of the imagined elsewhere allows for an imagological approach to utopias.

Read more HERE.

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

WLS1_2021_obalka vyrezEditor: Bogumiła Suwara

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.

Read more HERE.