students88You 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.


Read more:



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

teaching sessions.





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

September 2013.


Please follow this link for application:


If you have any questions, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.