You are interested in Salman Rushdie and Tolstoy or Goethe, in new concepts of world literature and new methods in literary study? You watch “Games ofThrones” and read “Harry Potter”, you write and read fan fiction?
Maybe the spring school on world literature is your place to be in 2014.
World Literature: Reading and Writing in the Age of Globalisation
International Spring School for Students
17.02. – 02.03.2014, Historic Observatory of Carl Friedrich Gauss,
University of Göttingen, Germany
Two weeks of intensive reading across borders, learning new methods and
interaction with some of the best international literary scholars and
Main speakers include:
David Damrosch (Harvard), Frank Hakemulder (Utrecht), Eric Hayot (Penn
State), Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer (Tübingen), Massimo Salgaro (Verona),
Elena Semino (Lancaster) et al.
We all get lost in books, videos, games and all sorts of stories – without
caring about the linguistic or national origin of a story. “Harry Potter”
circulates around the globe seemingly without any problem of adaptation in
China or India. Japanese variations of the 19th century novel “Heidi” are a
worldwide success and only a few people know about the model behind
Goethe’s “Wilhelm Meister”. Series like “The Wire” amalgamate longstanding
traditions of detective and social novels and are watched in so many
different countries and environments that it is hard to say which national
paradigm the production belongs to. New types of writing, like fan fiction,
seem to have no border at all. Children’s books are always read in more
than one language and country. Books for young people like Eoin Colfers
“Artemis Fowl” and fantasy serial like George R.R. Martins “Game of
Thrones” are international events. And Salman Rushdie is probably the most
well-known name, which symbolizes a literature crossing the borders of
language and genre, media and age, social groups, nations and aesthetic
traditions faster than ever before. It seems that the older vision of world
literature is becoming true in the age of globalization.
This spring school explores the literature in a globalizing world. It
invites talented students from all over Europe to discover the expanding
universe of twenty-first century literature, where the classic canon of
(Western) masterpieces is only one part of a much broader literature read
and re-written all over the world. This spring school will be an encounter
with highly-regarded literary scholars, critics and writers, and will
introduce cutting edge research methods and theories for the inquiry of the
world’s literary cultures that sweep the globe. In this two-week
interactive programme, participants will read across borders, actively
discuss their experiences in small groups and attend talks, lectures and
Applicants – Bachelor, Master, PhD – should have working knowledge of
methods in literary and media studies, should well and widely read in more
than one literature and one medium. Experience of writing is also welcome.
We are committed to admitting talented students from diverse backgrounds.
Accepted applicants will receive a scholarship to cover most of tuition,
travel, lodging and food. We are looking forward to receiving your
The online application period for this summer school will close on 30
Please follow this link for application: