文学院学术讲座：Making Good on the Promise of "World" Literature
讲座专家：西奥·德汉（Theodoor Louis D’haen）
西奥·德汉（Theodoor Louis D’haen），比利时鲁汶大学英语文学与比较文学系教授、莱顿大学英语与美国文学系教授，欧洲科学院院士，入选国家2016年度长江学者奖励计划讲座教授，欧洲科学院院刊SSCI、A&HCI权威期刊《欧洲评论》（European Review）主编（剑桥大学出版社），以及多个知名学术刊物的编辑或顾问。出版了多部著作，内容涉及美国文学、后现代主义、后殖民主义以及世界文学等。
It is the “rise to power” of Europe, or more precisely of Western Europe, that leads to what we may unabashedly term the Eurocentric view of world history, and of world literature, that starts taking shape as of the sixteenth century and comes to fully prevail as of roughly the end of the eighteenth century, with the change-over from what has been termed the age of colonialism to the age of imperialism. In fact, the discipline under whose aegis world literature eventually came to resort, that is to say, comparative literature, in its actual practice in many ways came to shadow the organization of (the American economic historian Immanuel) Wallerstein’s economic and political world system: a “core” made up of Western European literatures, in first instance French, English, and German, with already somewhat more tenuously but because of their undeniable importance in Early Modernity also Italian and Spanish, a “semi- periphery” comprising, next to Portuguese and Dutch literature, which notwithstanding the undeniably important role the societies/countries they emanate from played during Early Modernity never made it into the “big league,” most other European literatures, and a “periphery” covering the rest of the world’s literatures. Over the last twenty years or so, however, the world has changed considerably, and with it the study of world literature.