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Prof. Ning Wang Abstract




Ning Wang 
Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Shanghai, China)






World literature has in the past decade become another heatedly discussed cutting edge theoretical topic in the field of international comparative literature studies. Goethe first conceptualized this term largely due to the fact that he was inspired by some non-Western literary works he had read, including Chinese literary works. Based on the ready-made research results done by Western scholars, the article, largely from a Chinese and comparative perspective, puts forward a theoretical construction of world poetics. To the author, the construction of world poetics has a foundation of both world literature and comparative poetics. Thus the theoretical foundation of constructing such a world poetics or world literary theory mainly lies in the following three aspects: (1) World poetics is a theoretical sublimation of the research results of world literature and comparative poetics as the dominant Western literary theory in the present era does not cover all the experiences of different national literatures and critical theories. (2) So far almost all the relatively universal literary interpretive theories are produced in the West, which due to the limit of their languages and cultural backgrounds can hardly cover all the literary and theoretical categories and experiences. Although some Western theorists, depending upon their profound theoretical attainment and superb interpretive power, impose their theoretical doctrines upon interpreting non-Western literary phenomena, their interpretations can hardly be effective and convincing. (3) Chinese literary theorists are always concerned about the cutting edge issues in Western literary theory while obtaining rich local literary and critical experiences, and they have from the very beginning of introducing comparative literature in China paid particular attention to comparative poetics and criticism as they have rich experience of Eastern literature creation and criticism. They have thereby full right to put forward this theoretical construction. The author points out after explaining his way of constructing world poetics that to put forward this theoretical construction may well help perfect world literary theory and conceptualization. As a theoretical issue set forth by Chinese scholars worth attracting their international counterparts’ attention and discussion, world poetics will change and revise the established world literary and theoretical framework.
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Congress Date
29 July- 2 August 2019

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1 March 2019

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20 July 2019

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29 July 2019

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29 Juillet-2 aout 2019

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