Dr Rosa Mucignat, Lecturer in Comparative Literature at King’s College London, will be our keynote speaker on Thursday, June 26th. The abstract of her paper titled “Far from Where? Perspectives on Place and Comparative Methods” is now available:
Abstract: In Western modernity, cognitive models and methods of analysis are often described using the optical metaphor of perspective, which was developed as a technique by the visual arts in the Renaissance. Perspective is a tool that allows a sensorially accurate depiction of objects and their positions and proportions in space. Metaphorically, it is associated with the particular attitude or point of view from which an interpretation of reality is made. Depending on the context, distance from an object can be considered as either furthering or impeding critical assessment. This talk will address the use of emotional, intellectual, and spatial proximity as a means of understanding the past in three narratives of place and memory: Claudio Magris’ Danube (1986), W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn (1995), andOrhan Pamuk’s Istanbul: Memories and the City (2003).
Rosa Mucignat is Lecturer in Comparative Literature at King’s College London. She works on place in literature and on theories of cultural spaces (region, nation, the global). She is the author of Realism and Space in the Novel, 1795-1869 (Ashgate 2013) and has recently edited the volume The Friulian Language: Identity, Migration, Culture (Cambridge Scholars, 2014).