【03月15日】Svend Erik Larsen: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:Imperial Identities. A Cultural Problem in a Globalized World

承办单位:鸿利彩票平台鸿利彩票

时间:2019315日(周10:05-11:35

地点:松江校区五教楼5268

姓名:Svend Erik Larsen教授

工作单位:丹麦奥胡斯大学荣休教授,目前为四川大学长江学者。

从事专业或研究方向:比较文学、世界文学

专家简介:Svend Erik Larsen教授是丹麦奥胡斯大学比较文学荣休教授,欧洲科鸿利彩票副院长、文学部主席,并担任国际知名学术期刊Orbis Litterarum的主编。目前为四川大学长江学者。他的研究主要关注文学和文化史、思想史、符号学、记忆研究、世界文学等。Svend Erik Larsen教授著作丰硕,包括300多篇学术论文,其代表作有Sémiologie littéraire (1984)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,等等。

讲座内容: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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