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

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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."

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 and some 80 scholarly articles, most of them in romanticism, twentieth-century literature, travel writing, poetics, and critical theory.

Michael O’Sullivan is an associate professor at the Department of English in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has taught literature and language for universities in Ireland, the UK, the US, Japan, and Hong Kong. He has published 12 books.

Lukas Schepp is a PhD candidate at LMU Munich. He specializes in film and media studies, interdisciplinary studies, and philosophical approaches to literature and film. He has both published scholarly articles and written screenplays for German TV channels.

Eli Park Sorensen is an assistant professor at the Department of English in The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He specializes in comparative literature, postcolonial thought, literary theory, and cultural studies.