RAM Talk: The Theme of Loneliness in World Literature and ArtOct 30, 2016 Sunday 19:30 - 21:00
- 4F, Rockbund Art Museum (No.20 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai)
- Zha Mingjian
- Felix Gonzalez-Torres
About the Talk
Loneliness, a dominant theme in literature and art, has been dealt with by writers and artists from ancient times to the present, with the focus shifting from individuals to groups, conscious mind to collective unconsciousness, expression of isolation feelings to the realization of the fate of loneliness, and depiction of psychological states to the philosophical and symbolic perceptions, revealing this common experience and feeling of human beings from different perspectives and at different levels. The feeling of loneliness represents various meanings of life and has significant aesthetic powers, inspiring exploration into the depth of life and reflections on the status and quality of human life. By taking examples from the literature works of the greatest poets and writers of all times, including Sima Qian, Du Fu, Su Shi, Lu Xun, Shen Congwen, Franz Kafka, Ernesto Sabato, Gabriel García Márquez, and Carson McCullers, and the artworks of Vincent Van Gogh, Zhu Da and Xu Wei, the speaker will explore the various expressions, allegorical and symbolic meanings, and aesthetic values of loneliness as a prevalent theme in literature and art works of different countries.
About the Speaker
Dr. Zha Mingjian is a professor and PhD supervisor. He now serves as Dean of the School of English Studies, Director of the Graduate School, and Director of the Center for Comparative Literature at Institute of Literary Studies at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU). He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar grantee at Harvard University, and has been selected in the Shanghai Pujiang Talent Program. He also serves as the Associate Editor of Comparative Literature in China, and the leading professor in the development of the course Comparative Literature, a Most Valued Course of Higher Education in Shanghai. He has received many awards and titles, including the Shanghai Model Teacher Award for Outstanding Professional Integrity, the Excellent Party Member of the Communist Party of China, the Excellent Teacher Award sponsored by the Baosteel Education Foundation, and the Excellent Publications in Philosophy and Social Sciences in Shanghai. His publications include A History of Translated Literature in Modern China (1898-1949), A History of the 20th Century Foreign Literary Translation in China (1898-2000), and A Discussion on Comparative Literature and Translation Studies. He has translated Comparative Literature: A Critical Introduction, What is World Literature, Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism, and African Short Stories.
Free admission, reservation is required.