Professor Theodoor D’Haen Gives a Lecture at NJUPT
发布时间: 2019-05-07 浏览次数: 53

On the  morning of April 30th, Professor Theodoor D'Haen, a member of Academia  Europaea (The Academy of Europe), lectured teachers and students of the  School of Foreign Studies on How to Make Good on the Promise of World  Literature which is thought-provoking and well-received.

During  the lecture, Professor Theodoor elaborated on the origin, development  and influence of world literature. He pointed out the inevitable  emergence of European centralism in world literature, with British,  French and German literature at the core while non-European one on the  edge. To clarify the absurdity of those so-called center and edge is a  prerequisite to discussing world literature in the context of  globalization. All countries in the world interact with each other  through trade, literary exchanges and cultural dialogues, joining hands  in promoting human civilization. That being said, ProfessorTheodoor also  emphasized that among its counterparts, Chinese literature, is of great  significance to the development of world literature.

Speaker profile:
Theodoor  Louis D'Haen used to work as a professor in English literature and  comparative literature at the KU Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven),  Belgium. He was chairman (2013-2016) of the Nominating Committee of the  International Comparative Literature Association, vice-chairman  (2012-2014) and then acting Chairman (2015-2016) of the Coordination  Committee of Comparative Literature History. Professor Dehan has been a  member of the Academia Europaea since 1999, serving as director of the  institution since 2002 and then an executive director since 2009.  Besides he was also chairman of the Department of Literature and Drama  Studies from 2001 to 2009.
Professor Dehan has been editor-in-chief  of European Review, one of SSCI Journals (published by Cambridge  University Press) since 2008. Additionally, he has also served as an  editor or consultant for several well-known academic journals, and has  published several books on American literature, postmodernism,  post-colonialism and world literature.