Comparative Critical Views on the Representation of Foreignness and Otherness
Preface The essays gathered in this volume are the outcome of an inspiring and timely collaboration between two major European comparative literature associations, the Sociedad Española de Literatura General y Comparada (SELGYC) and the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA). The volume comprises a selection of the papers delivered at “Xeno- graphies II”, an international, trilingual conference (English, Castilian, Catalan) hosted by Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona (8-11 Septem- ber 2011), the second of two scholarly encounters —the first took place at the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, in September 2009— exploring the representation of the foreign(er) in literature and other discourses. The conference received the support of a scientific committee with members from several European universities and at- tracted over one hundred delegates delivering over ninety papers, includ- ing four plenary lectures. These two conferences, together with other research activities have acquired the collective designation of Xeno- graphies project. The origins of this initiative go back to a BCLA Execu- tive Committee meeting in 2008 at which Glyn Hambrook received the committee’s blessing to formally propose the collaborative endeavour that, following preliminary discussions in Madrid with Professor Mont- serrat Cots (who had just assumed the presidency of SELGYC) and Dr Javier Pardo (also of the SELGYC’s Executive Committee), acquired the guise of the aforementioned first joint conference. This event was at- tended by forty delegates from Spain, the United Kingdom and other countries. This volume is the third and most recent refereed publication deriv- ing from the project. The...
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