Wykład PTF: Particular Modernity/Transnational Modernism: Franz Kafka, Central Europe and China

Zachęcamy do wysłuchania wykładu, który odbędzie się w poniedziałek 24 marca 2014 r. o godz. 17:00 w sali im. Kazimierza Ajdukiewicza (nr 215) w Instytucie Filozofii UAM przy ul. Szamarzewskiego 89 C w Poznaniu.

Verita Sriratana

Particular Modernity/Transnational Modernism: Franz Kafka, Central Europe and China

This lecture offers a particularist and, at the same time, transnational reading and textual analysis approach to the writings of Franz Kafka (1883-1924), a writer often regarded as one of the canonical “High Modernists”. The paradox embedded within the binary opposition “particularist/transnational” is intentional. It is by situating Kafka in the context of Austro-Hungarian Empire’s Central Europe (and beyond) that one comes to understand and appreciate the “transnational turn” in Modernism and Modernist studies. By accepting Modernism’s theoretical periodisation as absolute space, one tends to overlook its underlying ideologies which promote and privilege Western European Universalism. As stipulated in Jacques Derrida’s concept of “espacement”, a term used to define spatio-temporal (inter)reaction and logical co-signification, temporalisation of space is based on spatialisation of time, and vice versa. Accordingly, the notion of Modernism as absolute space should be put to question. By exploring particular contexts of modernity, one might come to perceive the ways and moments in which modernism, instead of being a sacred monolithic entity referred to as “Modernism” with a capital “M”, manifests itself as multifarious aesthetic and intellectual movements which contain and, at the same time, inspire numerous and diverse ruptures of change and transnational innovation.


Verita Sriratana is a 2006 recipient of the Anandamahidol Foundation Scholarship under the Royal Patronage of HM the King of Thailand. She obtained her BA (First class honours; highest achievement) in English at Chulalongkorn University in 2005, her MA (Distinction) in Colonial/Postcolonial Literature in English at the University of Warwick in 2007 and her PhD in English at the University of St Andrews in 2013 with a thesis entitled “‘Making Room’ for One's Own: Virginia Woolf and Technology of Place”. Verita is also a 2013/2014 recipient of the National Scholarship of the Slovak Republic. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher (Vedecká pracovníčka) at the Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Education, Comenius University in Bratislava. She has recently finished her book entitled Particular Modernity/Modernism: Locating Modernist Moments in Czech and Slovak Literature (forthcoming).

Website: http://uniba.academia.edu/VeritaSriratana


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