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Teachers and students majoring in comparative literature and world literature went to Macao to attend the annual meeting of the International Society of Comparative Literature

On July 28, 1998, Professor Yang Lixin and her Ph.D. students majoring in Comparative Literature and World Literature of our College of Literature flew to Macau to participate in the Twenty-second International Conference on Comparative Literature (The XXII Congress of the ICLA), co-sponsored by the International Society of Comparative Literature, the Chinese Society of Comparative Literature, the University of Macau, Shenzhen University and the University of St. Joseph.

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The International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA), founded in 1955, aims to provide a platform for researchers of comparative literature around the world to promote exchanges and cooperation between researchers of comparative literature and societies of comparative literature in various countries.ICLA annual conference is an international "academic salon" seminar held every three years. It is a grand event in the field of comparative literature research.The conference was held at the University of Macau from 29 July to 2 August on the theme of "The Future of Literature and Comparative Literature in the World". It has seven plenary conference reports, 15 sub-forums, more than 30 round tables and sub-forums, attracting more than 1200 scholars from all over the world.During the conference, scholars around the world conducted extensive and in-depth discussions and exchanges on the related issues of comparative literature.

Professor Yang Lixin of our college made a speech on the topic of "From"China Fever"to"Oriental Renaissance": On the Periodic Evolution of Western Acceptance of Chinese Art".In his speech, Professor Yang pointed out that the academic circles had made fruitful research results on the "China Fever" in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. However, the re-discovery of Chinese art in the West from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century and the significance of this "discovery" to the development of aesthetic modernity in Western society have not been fully evaluated.Therefore, starting from the change from "China Fever" to "Oriental Renaissance" in the history of cultural exchanges between China and the West, she probes into the stage differences and background of Chinese art being understood by the West, and further reveals the unique significance of Chinese art to Western aesthetic modernism.Professor Yang's speech aroused great interest of scholars participating in the conference, and we discussed the related topics in depth.

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At the same time, our doctoral students, such as Bai Weizhen, Jiao Hongle, Luo Shouyi and Guo Liyun, also made group speeches in various forums, and discussed and exchanged with the participants after their speeches.

Taking "Moral China" and Modernity Reflection: On Dickenson and Russell's Chinese Civilization View"as the theme, Mr. Bai Weizhen explored the profound enlightenment of Chinese civilization to Western civilization in the early 20th century and the cultural logic behind it by discussing the similar Chinese Civilization Views of Dickenson and Russell respectively.

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Jiao Hongle, with the theme of "Debate and Reflection on Sinology", started with the domestic academic debate on Sinology in the past ten years, reviewed and reflected on the path of Sinology, and explored the possibility of Sinology as a new theoretical paradigm.During this period, a new round of heated controversy arose on the spot.

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Luo Shouyi made a speech on American Muslim Mental Trauma in the Theatre of Disgrace.In her speech, she placed the complex psychological mechanism of Amir's "humiliation, anger and pride" in the relevant historical, cultural and political background, and tried to explore the root causes of American Muslims'mental trauma in the post-9.11 era - the confrontation between East and West history and culture and the definition of "the other", the challenge of identity and the sequelae of political conflicts in the Middle East.

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Guo Liyun made a speech entitled On the Evolution of Hesse's "Nostalgia" and the Creation of "Charm".In her speech, she focused on comparing the works of German writer Hesseliu before and after his residence. She believed that Hesse's "nostalgia" showed a dynamic development process from one-way self-appeal to interaction with the world and to the practical dimension of "serving" society.Hesse's "nostalgia" embodies a strong love for God, nature, man and the world. The seemingly reclusive and Silent Soul writes a broad image of cosmopolitanism.

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The annual meeting was a great success.Teachers and students of comparative literature and world literature in our college have also benefited a lot from this academic feast, which not only broadens their horizons, enhances friendship and exchanges with international scholars, but also obtains rich information and frontier trends in relevant academic fields. It has made valuable exploration for further strengthening international academic exchanges and cooperation and displaying the latest research achievements of Chinese scholars in the future.

 

(contribution by Jiao Hongle, Academy of Literature)