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EALC Speaker Series Lecture - Ulrich Timme Kragh, Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland): “An Asian Theory of Narrative in Historical Discourse”

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Location
Room 1064, Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St., Urbana
Date
Oct 23, 2019   4:00 - 5:20 pm  
Speaker
Ulrich Timme Kragh, Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland)
Cost
Free and open to the public.
Contact
Gian Piero Persiani
E-Mail
gp2029@illinois.edu
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Originating Calendar
School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics Calendar

The study of historiography as a literary form making distinct uses of emplotment and tropes has been a favored topic in the theory of history ever since Hayden White published his Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe (1973). Would it be equally possible to conceive of an Asian literary theory of narrative applicable to Asian history writing? Professor Kragh will here introduce the outcomes of a five-year research project devoted to this question, giving examples of how literary notions of plot, trope, and historicity drawn from classical Indian, Chinese, and Tibetan sources can be turned into a modern methodology for a narrativist study of Asian historical discourse.

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