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Comparative Becomings

Studies in Transition

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Edited by Michael G. Kelly and Daragh O'Connell

The comparative gesture performs both the act and the question of transition between the terms compared. Understood as an intercultural practice, comparative literature may thus also be understood as both a transitive and a transnational process, creating its own object and form of knowledge as it identifies and analyses lines of relation and exchange between literary cultures. When navigating between languages, the discipline becomes critically engaged with the possibility and methods of such navigation. Interdisciplinary and intermedial versions of comparative studies likewise centre around transitions that may themselves remain under-analysed.


This collection of essays, with contributions ranging from medieval literature to digital humanities, seeks to illuminate and interrogate the very diversity of comparative situations, with their attendant versions of comparative discourse. The volume as a whole thereby reflects, however fragmentedly, a field of study that is itself faced with the reality of transition. As both a thematic and formal concern in comparative work, transition emerges, within any historical period or other configuration in which it is charted and analysed, as key to the renewed relevance of comparative literary scholarship and study today.

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Chantiers du poème

Prémisses et pratiques de la création poétique moderne et contemporaine

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Edited by Hugues Azérad, Michael G. Kelly, Nina Parish and Emma Wagstaff

Ce volume vise à questionner les fondements et le sens (direction, teneur heuristique) de la pratique poétique moderne et contemporaine. Il s’interroge sur ce qui serait essentiel à cette pratique aujourd’hui et sur les composantes d’éventuelles identités du poète et de la poésie – alors même que ces deux entités hypothétiques se décomposent et se conjuguent selon de nouvelles appellations, s’arrimant à d’autres arts comme à une bouée de secours, ou s’en servant au contraire comme d’un tremplin. De quels nouveaux attributs la poésie chercherait-elle à s’affubler ? Se veut-elle photographique, purement sonore, cinématographique ? S’agit-il de rupture systématique avec une certaine conception du poétique ou ne devrait-on pas plutôt parler d’une continuation, d’une fidélité à soi, au sein même de son contenu hybride – ce contenu qui est de fait une ouverture générique, une forme d’accueil, de curiosité et d’exploration ?
Forts de ces questions, les essais ici rassemblés cherchent à accompagner la recherche de nouvelles expériences et sensibilités dans le paysage poétique, dont certaines remontent au moment décisif de l’après-1945, alors que d’autres datent, pour ainsi dire, d’avant-hier. A tout moment : une innocence cherchée sous des formes inouïes, que ce soient l’animal(ité) ou la flore ; la quête de rythmes et de sons inédits ; une hybridation polyforme ; des luttes renouvelées. Ce n’est donc pas un panorama exhaustif qui est proposé au lecteur, mais un diorama à la fois théorique et poétique qui voudrait baliser, afin de mieux en encourager l’exploration, l’ensemble des chantiers du poème qu’il embrasse.
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Edited by Raffaella Baccolini, Antonis Balasopoulos, Joachim Fischer, Michael J. Griffin, Naomi Jacobs, Michael G. Kelly, Tom Moylan and Phillip E. Wegner

Ralahine Utopian Studies is the publishing project of the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies at the University of Limerick in association with the University of Bologna, the University of Cyprus, the University of Florida and the University of Maine.
The series publishes high-quality scholarship that addresses the theory and practice of utopianism (including Anglophone, continental European and indigenous and postcolonial traditions, and contemporary and historical periods). Publications (in English and other European languages) include original monographs and essay collections (including theoretical, textual and ethnographic/institutional research), English-language translations of utopian scholarship in other national languages, reissues of classic scholarly works that are out of print and annotated editions of original utopian literary and other texts (including translations).
While the series editors seek work that engages with the current scholarship and debates in the field of utopian studies, they will not privilege any particular critical or theoretical orientation. They welcome submissions by established or emerging scholars working within or outside the academy. Given the multilingual and interdisciplinary remit of the series, the editors especially welcome comparative studies in any disciplinary or transdisciplinary framework.