The members of this group are Maija Burima (Daugavpils U), Cao Shunqing (Sichuan U), Didier Coste (U of Bordeaux-Montaigne), Sreejit Datta (Visva Baratti), Michel De Dobbeleer (Ghent U), César Domínguez (U of Santiago de Compostela), Ishani Dutta (Jadavpur U), He Yanli (Sichuan U), Yordan Lyutskanov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Goriça Majstorovic (Stockton U), B. Venkat Mani (U of Wisconsin-Madison), Bergur Rönne Moberg (U of Copenhagen), Anca Parvulescu (Washington U in St. Louis), and Frederik Verbeke (U of the Basque Country).
The aim of this group is to discuss the concept of “minor/small literatures”. “Minor literature” is a key concept of the mainstream critical lexicon. And yet it is Eurocentric, provincial, and regional not only because it has been defined along the lines of European standards, such as the geopolitics of small nations, the sociolinguistics of minority languages, and the aesthetics of revolutionary modernism, but also due to its identification with the literatures within Mitteleuropa (‘Middle/Central Europe’) as affected by the “great tradition” of German literature.
The aim of this seminar is to challenge both this internal and external Eurocentrism by placing the concept of “minor/small literatures” in a world context and, hence, comparatively explore and expose its limitations, but also assess its potential. Notice the terminological expansion, whereby, besides the conventional concept of “minor literature” in the Deleuzian lexicon, the relevance of the concept of “small literature” is also claimed.
The list of tentative topics includes:
- Conceptual revision of the Deleuzian concept of “minor literature”
- Other theoretical reflections on minor/small literatures
- Minority/Endangered languages in/and literature
- Language choice and minority writers
- Non-European settings of minor/small literatures
- Ethnic/aborigine/national minority groups in/and literature
- Translation and circulation of minor/small literatures
- Minor/small literatures in the global market
- The aesthetics of minor/small literatures
- The new literary history of minority groups
The first meeting of the group will take place at Universiteit Utrecht on 6-9 July 2017.