Regeneration: 6th Annual PG Conference in Comparative Literature and Translation Studies

Regeneration: 6th Annual PG Conference in Comparative Literature and Translation Studies

School of Modern Languages and Cultures | College of Arts
Date: Friday 14 May 2021
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Venue: Online via Zoom
Category: Conferences

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‘Regeneration’ describes an intersection of the old and the new, signalling creation alongside a degree of continuity. It can be found everywhere – from bodily processes to ecological diversity, urban transformation to the revision and reinterpretation of history. But it is often the result of a crisis, occurring in the aftermath of wars, natural disasters, and of course pandemics. The term ‘regeneration’ is therefore closely associated with suffering, destruction and upheaval, and is at times an indication of loss as well as a sign of potential gain or repair.

Though in many ways intended as a timely call for optimism, this one-day conference sets out to interrogate the challenges involved in regeneration. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to confront problematic aspects of modern society; to reconcile a yearning for the familiar and an aversion to restrictions with a newfound appreciation of simplicity and an acceptance of change. With this context in mind, and drawing on resonant themes in literature and translation, we will explore where, when, how and why regeneration takes place.


** PROGRAMME - all times shown are BST (UK) **

9.15 – 9.20: Welcome & Housekeeping

9.20 – 9.30: Head of School Address

Professor Stephen Forcer, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Glasgow

9.30 – 10.10: The Reconciliation of Old and New

Reinterpretation, Renewal and Regeneration in Jewish Tradition: A Look at the Megillat Esther and Passover Haggadah through Graphic Novels

Jordanna Conn, University of Glasgow

Resurrecting (and Rewriting?) an Ode: Navigating Insertions in Sezai Karakoç's Translation of 'Bānat Suʿād’

Gabrielle Russo, University of Oxford

Chair: Andrew Rubens, University of Glasgow

10.10 – 10.20: Break

10.20 – 11.00: Narratives of Spectrality

Can the ghost be resurrected? (Re)translating the spectral memory of Mrs Ramsay in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse

Ziling Bai, University of Manchester

Byron’s Ruins: Dark Ecology, Spectrality and the Regeneration of Greece

Stefan Kalpachev, University of Oxford

Chair: Kristina Åström, University of Glasgow

11.00 – 11.10: Break

11.00 – 12.10: Keynote

In the Shadow of the Holocaust: Glasgow's 1951 Festival of Jewish Arts and the Regeneration of Jewish Culture

Dr. Mia Spiro, University of Glasgow

12.10 – 1.30: Lunch Break

1.30 – 2.10: Twentieth-Century Literature and Translation

The Crisis of Exhaustion in Turn-of-the-Century Germany: Medical and Literary Perspectives on Body Regeneration

Rachel Lehmann, University of Kent

Russian (Re)Translations of Wilde’s Salomé: A Comparative Study

Ekaterina Shatalova, University of Glasgow / Aarhus University

Chair: Andreea Tint, University of Glasgow

2.10 – 2.20: Break

2.20 – 3.20: Keynote

The Jane Eyre Generator

Professor Matthew Reynolds, University of Oxford

3.20 – 3.30: Break

3.30 – 4.10: Translating Existence and Identity

Experiencing Regeneration through Exophony. The Case of Jhumpa Lahiri

Andrea Bergantino, Trinity College Dublin

Recreating Existence in Ibn ʿArabi’s al-Futūhāt al-Makkiyya, “The Meccan Openings”

Beatrice Bottomley, Warburg Institute, University of London

Chair: Lucy McCormick, University of Glasgow

4.10 – 4.15: Break

4.15 – 5.00: Closing Roundtable

Professor Susan Bassnett, University of Glasgow & University of Warwick

Professor Matthew Reynolds, University of Oxford


Organised by Sophie Maddison and Elena Dardano, in collaboration with the Writing in Transit research cluster.

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