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​Registration for Seminar by Liisa Steinby

Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art kindly invites you to register for participation in the seminar held on September 15th, 2021, 3:00PM. Liisa Steinby, Professor Emeritus of comparative literature at University of Turku (Finland), will give a lecture titled Literary History Today.

Literary historiography today can be said to be in a crisis, which started already at the end of the twentieth century. For understanding the character and the reasons of this crisis, it is advisable not to focus only on the present situation, but also to ask some very basic questions concerning the entire tradition of literary historiography. When, why and how did literary history emerge as a field of the study of literature? Which transformations did the “traditional” literary historiography undergo in the course of time? Which are the “permanent” problems of literary historiography? What did cause a crisis in literary historiography towards the end of the previous century, and what are the new forms of literary history like that were developed? Which are the problems of literary historiography today?

Seminar will be held in distance, via Zoom platform. In order to receive a link for access, please, register here.

Seminar will be held in English.

Prof. Liisa Steinby, head of the department of Comparative Literature at the University of Turku between 1994 and 2018, is the founder and first director of The Finnish Graduate School of Literary Studies and a member of the Finnish Society of Letters and Sciences. She served as the Vice-President (2015–2016) and President (2017–2018) of the International Herder Society and has spent several research periods in the United Kingdom (Oxford, Cambridge, and Aberdeen), Germany (Tübingen, Lübeck) and the United States (Pittsburgh). Between 2010 and 2013, prof. Steinby was the head of the research project “Literature and Time. Time, Modernity and Human Agency in Literature”, funded by the Academy of Finland. Her publications include more than 30 monographs and edited volumes in literary criticism and theory. Prof. Steinby is the main editor of The Politics of Literary History: Writing the History of Literature in Russia, Latvia, the Czech Republic and Finland before and after the Turn of 1990 (Palgrave, forthcoming).

This is the second seminar in the seminar cycle organised within the project “A New History of Latvian Literature: The Long 19th Century” (lzp-2020/2-0020) implemented by Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art.

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