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East-West Dialogues: The Transferability of Concepts in the Humanities


Edited By Christoph Bode, Michael O'Sullivan, Lukas Schepp and Eli Park Sorensen

This is an edited collection of essays drawn from collaborative events organized jointly by The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. The book focuses on how literary and cultural perspectives from different humanities academic environs in Asia and Europe might contribute to our understanding of the "transferability of concepts." Exploring ways in which these traditions may enter into new and productive collaborations, the book presents readings of a wide range of Western and Eastern writers, including Shakespeare, J.M. Coetzee, Yu Dafu. The book contains a virtual round table followed by four thematic sections – "Travels and Storytelling," "Translation and Transferability," "Historical Contexts and Transferability," and "Aesthetic Contexts and Transferability."

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Christoph Bode was Chair of Modern English Literature at LMU Munich until March 2018 and Visiting Professor at the University of California Los Angeles in 1997 and at UC Berkeley in 2012. He has published 28 books (e.g., Romanticism and the Forms of Discontent, 2017) and some 80 scholarly articles, most of them in Romanticism, Twentieth-century Literature, Travel Writing, Poetics, and Critical Theory. Former president of the German Society for English Romanticism, co-editor of three book series, permanent Fellow of LMU’s Centre for Advanced Studies and of the Academia Europaea, as well as a member of LMU’s Humanwissenschaftliches Zentrum (HWZ) [Human Science Center], Bode is also the recipient of various research grants, among them two fellowships from Oxford (2007 and 2015), a 1 million Euro Advanced Investigator Grant from the European Research Council for his research project on Future Narratives (2009–2012) and a Mercator Fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 2016. Bode serves on the editorial or advisory boards of a dozen or so scholarly journals all over the world and is external reviewer for the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2013 and the Walker-Ames Lecture Prize of the University of Washington at Seattle in 2014. In 2015, Bode was admitted to the “High-End Foreign Experts Program” of the People’s Republic of China, lecturing at Tsinghua University Beijing and at the University of Sichuan at Chengdu. He was Erasmus Fellow at the University...

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