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Research Area 5 Meeting with Fellow Mads Rosendahl Thomsen | The Virtues and Lack of Short Forms in World Literature

Feb 19, 2024 | 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Organised by Research Area 5, "Building Digital Communities".

Of the three major modes of literature – prose, poetry and drama – it is clear that prose has become dominant in literary cultures. Even more so, the novel dominates publishing and translation at the expense of shorter prose forms. However, short prose forms have a great potential for playing a more significant role in world literature, not least in the educational system, where reading unabridged and shorter works is in demand. This project surveys the scarcity of canonical short stories and will use digital resources to qualify the thesis that, despite notable exceptions, e.g., Hans Christian Andersen and Jorge Luis Borges, longer forms tends to dominate literary cultures’ presence in world literature. The project will also consider how the notion of short prose fiction could be expanded by taking into account how certain works, e.g., Arabian Nights and philosophical narrative prose, lend themselves to be read in excerpts and that canonical processes support this use of the works.

The presentation will be digitally streamed.
Webex link: https://fu-berlin.webex.com/fu-berlin/j.php?MTID=m5418018abb654a4e53a58d2443badbec

Time & Location

Feb 19, 2024 | 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Freie Universität Berlin
EXC 2020 Temporal Communities
Otto-von-Simson-Straße 15
Room 00.07
14195 Berlin

Further Information

The meetings of all Research Areas are open to all Cluster members. If you are interested in taking part in a meeting or in joining a Research Area for a longer period of time, please contact the Research Areas' Academic Coordinator.

Contact: Dîlan Canan Çakir, dilan.cakir@fu-berlin.de