Think Big! A Modest Argument About Large Scales | University of Oxford

Think Big! A Modest Argument About Large Scales

Speaker
Professor Martin Puchner - Byron and Anita Wien Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Havard University
Event date
Event time
17:00 - 18:00
Venue
Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford
OX1 3BG
Venue details

Lecture Theatre

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

The idea of world literature contains an argument in favour of large-scale comparative projects. But most humanities disciplines have shied away from these sorts of projects, deterred by a skepticism with respect to grand narratives and worries about Eurocentric universalism. In this context, other disciplines from physics to biology have taken over the job of telling overarching stories.

Professor Martin Puchner will argue that much gets lost when we neglect the big picture. But how should we humanists proceed, taking into account decades of critique? Through what kinds of collaborations can we insert what we know into the narratives our societies tell? In making this argument, Professor Puchner will be drawing on his experience with the Norton Anthology of World Literature.

The guest speaker for this event is Professor Martin Puchner, the Byron and Anita Wien Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University.