School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Translation, Transmission, and Cultural Transfer seminar: ‘Unfriendly Comparison: Antagonism in China-India Literary Relations’ (Dr Adhira Mangalagiri)

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24 October 2018

Time: 6:00pm
Speaker: Dr Adhira Mangalagiri (QMUL)
Venue: ArtsOne 1.28

Abstract

Comparative Literature excels at studying connection, dialogue, exchange, translation, and other positively-valued modes of relation. In contrast, this paper questions whether the method of comparison can be harnessed to study “unfriendly” relations such as hostility, tensions, anxieties, and the absence of dialogue and exchange. I explore this question through the case of twentieth-century China-India literary relations. Reading Chinese and Hindi texts, I consider how comparative methods can sustain and apprehend antagonism on its own terms instead of aiming to resolve or erase conflict.

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