Landscapes of Realism: Rethinking Literary Realism(s) in Global Comparative Perspective

Principal coordinator: Dirk Göttsche
School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD

Moving beyond persistent disciplinary boundaries in literary and media studies, this project questions established, often national conceptions of Realism by radically rethinking the history, poetics and politics of realist modes of representation in literature, art, film and the digital media from the nineteenth century to the present day. It combines an interdisciplinary focus on literatures written in European languages with comparative consideration of other media and cross-cultural exchange, including with non-European language areas, from the C19 to the present day. This ambition requires an innovative methodology and format that breaks emphatically with the traditional set-up of edited volumes and the routines of the ‘lone scholar’. No single researcher, even if versed in a range of languages and literatures, has the level of disciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise required. The core of the project therefore is a series of 12 intensive workshops, based around the joined-up discussion of tailor-made submissions circulated in advance, which  systematically develop all aspects of the theme and provide a platform for rigorous interdisciplinarity and consistent comparativity, feeding into chapters that will be genuinely collaborative and co-authored throughout. The outcome will be a double-volume on Realism in the CHLEL series.