CIDRAL Masterclass: Stefano Ercolino: 'The Dialectic of Realism'
|Starts:||10:00 17 Apr 2018|
|Ends:||12:00 17 Apr 2018|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Current University students|
This event is part of CIDRAL's 2017/18 programme, 'The Constraints of Creativity'
Stefano Ercolino (Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Yonsei University's Underwood International College (Seoul, Korea)) will lead a seminar entitled 'The Dialectic of Realism'.
A narrative impulse and a scenic impulse: as Fredric Jameson persuasively argued in The Antinomies of Realism, the history of literary realism can be seen as largely shaped by the dialectic between these two competing drives, each identified by a particular temporality. Yet realism’s dialectic between a narrative and a scenic impulse would seem to leave out something crucial for the understanding of realist narrative in the last quarter of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. The talk will aim at reassessing Jameson’s dialectical view of realism in light of the speculative turn in the history of the European novel to which the perceived exhaustion of French naturalism contributed in a decisive way. In particular, Jameson’s dialectic of realism will be mobilized and subsumed under a larger dialectical framework encompassing a further, temporally neuter, impulse, which will be labeled the “speculative impulse,” and which will help reconsider some of the most important developments of realism in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Stefano Ercolino is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Yonsei University’s Underwood International College (Seoul, South Korea). He is the author of The Novel-Essay, 1884-1947 and The Maximalist Novel: From Thomas Pynchon’s “Gravity’s Rainbow” to Roberto Bolaño’s “2666.”
A preparatory reading for this event can be downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bbfb7cnw3hsfwf1/Jameson-AntimoniesofRealism%28extract%29.pdf?dl=0
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