Guest lecture: Language Contact, Translation and Translingual Reading

Julie Hansen
(Uppsala Universitet, Uppsala)

21 February 2024 (Wednesday) at 10:00 CET
Institute of World Literature SAS + online

Co-hosted with the East Centre at the University of East Anglia




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In this book launch seminar, Julie Hansen will present her new monograph Reading Novels Translingually: Twenty-First-Century Case Studies (Academic Studies Press, 2024); soon available in full open access here:

This book analyzes how literary fiction depicts multilingual worlds by incorporating multiple languages into the text. Taking as case studies several contemporary novels as well as Leo Tolstoy’s nineteenth-century classic War and Peace, it explores how reading can become a translingual process. The seminar will focus specifically on the nexus of literary multilingualism, translation and the reading process, exemplified with some of the case studies analyzed in the book.

Julie Hansen is Associate Professor of Slavic Languages at Uppsala University ( and a specialist in comparative literature and Slavic literature. She received her PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and has edited special issues and written numerous articles on literary multilingualism and translation.

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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BCLT Book Launch

Prismatic Jane Eyre: Close-Reading a World Novel Across Languages

Monday 11 December 2023
4 – 6pm (GMT)
(Hybrid) and UEA Campus: JSC 1.03

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In this hybrid (in-person / online) book launch seminar, co-authors Matthew Reynolds (St Anne’s, Oxford), Eugenia Kelbert (UEA), Jernej Habjan (Ljubljana) and Kayvan Tahmasebian (SOAS, London) will be discussing Prismatic Jane Eyre, which is available as an open access download from Open Book Publishers.

Hear about the interesting book and meet one of its co-authors, our new colleague Eugenia Kelbert Rudan. She joined our institute on November 1, 2023, to work on the project TRANSLATION AND CROSS-LINGUAL STYLISTIC TRANSFER: TOWARDS A THEORY OF LANGUAGE CONTACT IN LITERATURE (funded by the grant scheme IMPULZ of SAS).

The event is co-hosted by BCLT, UEA East Centre, Institute of World Literature (Slovak Academy of Sciences) and Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation.

Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Brontë and first published in 1847, has been translated more than six hundred times into over sixty languages. Prismatic Jane Eyre argues that we should see these many re-writings, not as simple replications of the novel, but as a release of its multiple interpretative possibilities: in other words, as a prism.

Prismatic Jane Eyre develops the theoretical ramifications of this idea, and reads Brontë’s novel in the light of them: together, the English text and the many translations form one vast entity, a multilingual world-work, spanning many times and places, from Cuba in 1850 to 21st-century China; from Calcutta to Bologna, Argentina to Iran. Co-written by many scholars, Prismatic Jane Eyre traces the receptions of the novel across cultures Continue reading

Guest Lecture: Ukrainian Culture after the Revolution of Dignity: Changes and Challenges

Dr. Dr. Olha Voznyuk
(International Research Center for Cultural Studies University of Art and Design Linz, Vienna)

15 November 2023 (Wednesday) at 14:00 CET
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The Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine in 2014 has changed the direction of contemporary Ukrainian literature and culture. Modern Ukrainian literature has registered recent historical events in numerous works, which have changed the way of development of Ukrainian culture and Ukrainian identity as well. Some oeuvres of Ukrainian writers seek to recover Ukrainian historical narratives “lost” during the Soviet era and which in turn have influenced the Ukrainian film industry.
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Presidium of the SAS awarded personalities of the Institute of World Literature

Our colleagues Jana Cviková and Roman Mikuláš have been awarded distinguished academic awards from the Slovak Academy of Sciences.

On Wednesday, October 25, 2023, our colleagues Jana Cviková and Roman Mikuláš accepted  distinguished academic awards from the SAS Vice-President Miroslav T. Morovics. Jana Cviková, the editor of the journal World Literature Studies and scientific secretary of the Institute of World Literature, was awarded the SAS Memorial Plaque by the SAS Equal Opportunity Committee. Roman Mikuláš, head of the Department of Literary Theory and editor of the Hyperlexicon of Concepts and Categories in Literary Studies, received the Ľudovít Štúr Plaque of Honour SAS for his contribution to the humanities and social sciences. Congratulations!

Read more here.

World Literature Studies 3/2023: World Literature and National Literature

ed. Péter Hajdu, Shenzhen University, China

From the perspectives of circulation or canonization, world literature does not exist in a single universal form, but in local, regional, areal, national, and sociocultural variations. National literature emerged as a meaningful term in the 19th century. Its relationship to world literature has been a topic of discussion for 200 years. The articles in this issue scrutinize the concepts of world and national literature from various theoretical approaches, such as investigating their interactions from viewpoints of power and gender. It also includes case studies from the Lusophone and Chinese contexts, showing how writers from the Renaissance to the Internet era have transcended national readerships and reached global ones. #openaccess #worldliteraturestudies 

Articles – Topic

National peculiarities in approaching the Classics: The case of Catullus with Hungarian modernism
Nation vs. world? Global imprints on Shakespeare and the orientation of world literature
World literature and national literatures in Portuguese
Gender as a mediation between world literature and national literature
Cross-culture, translation and post-aesthetics: Chinese online literature in/as world literature in the Internet era
The state’s role in “worlding” a popular national genre: The case of China and Liu Cixin
The end of world literature?

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

Guest Lecture: No higher purpose: Ursula Le Guin’s existentialist anarchism

Professor Alexis Shotwell
(Carleton University, Canada)

11 October 2023 (Wednesday) at 14:00 CET
Institute of World Literature SAS + online

It is a standard existentialist trope that humans come into the world without a pre-given purpose for existence. On this view, there is nothing in particular that we are made for, and we must make for ourselves any meaning or direction. Often this sense of being condemned to our freedom is experienced and discussed at the individual scale. This is odd, since from the beginning of the tradition philosophers have theorized the relationship between individual freedom and the collective context in which we exercise it.
The urgency of thinking beyond the individual becomes clearer when we confront existentially demanding problems such as climate change, migrant crises, global pandemics, wars, or famines. Professor Shotwell will argue that anarchism helps us in thinking about the necessarily collective aspect of addressing wicked problems like these. She will take Ursula Le Guin’s science fiction as a key theoretical resource for an existentialist anarchism and reflect on the following questions: What are the implications of reading fiction as philosophy? How is Le Guin’s conception of shared social responsibility helpful for projects of ongoing life on earth?

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Alexis Shotwell’s work focuses on complexity, complicity, and collective transformation. She is a professor at Carleton University, the co-investigator for the AIDS Activist History Project (, and the author of Knowing Otherwise: Race, Gender, and Implicit Understanding and Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times.

Elaheh Karimi Riabi – Literary studies in Iran: history, concepts and institutions

Guest lecture: Dr. Elaheh Karimi Riabi (Asst. Prof. at the University of Tehran, NSP scholarship holder at Slovak Academy of Science)

4 October 2023 (Wednesday) at 14:00 CET
Institute of World Literature SAS + online

Literary studies in Iran have a rich and diverse history that spans a millennium, reflecting the country’s cultural heritage, linguistic complexity, and significant contributions to literature. Literature in Iran encompasses a vast and diverse range of literary works from ancient epics to modern novels. Classical Persian literature flourished during the Islamic Golden Age, particularly during the Abbasid Caliphate. Prominent figures like Rumi, Omar Khayyam, and Hafez contributed significantly to Persian literature during this period. Persian literature also absorbed influences from other cultures, including Arabic, Turkish, and Indian, which enriched its literary heritage. Iranian literature continues to thrive and evolve, making an impact on the global literary scene. It often reflects the complexities of modern life and addresses identity and socio-political issues. Continue reading Elaheh Karimi Riabi – Literary studies in Iran: history, concepts and institutions

Monograph prize for Dobrota Pucherová

Our colleague Dr. Dobrota Pucherová, D. Phil. has been awarded a prize by the Slovak Academy of Sciences for her monograph FEMINISM AND MODERNITY IN ANGLOPHONE AFRICAN WOMEN’S WRITING: A 21ST-CENTURY GLOBAL CONTEXT (Routledge, 2022). She accepted the prize at the prize ceremony  on Sept. 18, 2023 from the hands of Prof. RNDr. Pavol Šajgalík, DrSc., President of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, and Prof. RNDr. Peter Samuely, DrSc., Vice-President for sience, research and innovations. Congratulations!