Comparative Dilemmas of the Historical Novel




报告题目:Comparative Dilemmas of the Historical Novel


报 告 人: Peter Hajdu 教授


报告时间: 2019年4月15日(周一)14:00


报告所在: 外国语学院二楼国际集会中心(将军路校区东区)





历史小说组成了一种奇怪的体裁,它挑战了后现代文学关于虚构和可能世界的理论 。纵然我们以互文的方法阅读它们,即与非虚构的文本(历史资料或史学)相比,也很难挣脱这样一种印象---它们试图讲述真实的事实 。后现代元小说试图彻底解构这些思想,这使得我们倾向于把更古老的(而非后现代的)历史小说也看成关于历史性的理论文章来阅读 。很明显,历史小说对已往的描写要少于对现在的描写,但在焦虑的年代里,对已往的兴趣通;嵩龀,这并不是一个过于大胆的假设 。历史题材电视剧的兴起,在一定的时代错位与陌生化之间泛起出一种微妙的平衡,从而泛起一种使观众面对已往的基础差别性的情形 。

Historical novels make up a strange genre that challenge post-modern literary theories about fictionality and possible worlds. Even if we read them intertextually, i.e. in comparison with non-fictional texts, namely historical sources or historiography, it is hard to get rid of the impression that they try to tell what really happened. Post-modern metafiction tried to drastically deconstruct such ideas, which makes us inclined to read older (not post-modern) historical novels also as theoretical essays on historicity. It is obvious that historical novels are less about the past than the present, but it is hardly a too daring hypothesis that in ages of anxiety the interest in the past usually grows. The boom of historical television series shows a delicate balance of necessary anachronism and defamiliarization, which makes the audience face the radical otherness of the past.  




Péter Hajdu (1966, Budapest, Hungary) studies Literature, Greek and Latin at the E?tv?s Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, and wrote his dissertation on late Roman epic poetry. He is academic advisor at the Institute for Literary Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, also professor at Shanghai Jiao Tang University, and editor-in-chief of Neohelicon, a major international journal on comparative literature studies. Member of advisory boards of four international journals on literary studies (Proudy, Czech Republic; Frontiers of Narrative Studies, Germany; Recherche Litteraire/Literary Research, Belgium, Primerjalna knji?evnost, Slovenia). He did extensive research in the fields of comparative literature, theory of literature, and classical philology. From 2002 to 2009 he was a member of the International Comparative Literature Association's (ICLA) Research Committee for East and South-East Europe, 2008-2014 he was member of the standing research committee for literary theory, and 2010-16 member of the ICLA Executive Council. 2002-2012 secretary, since 2016 president of Hungarian Comparative Literature Association. He lectured at various universities in Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, PR China, and Japan. He has published 6 books and more than 130 papers, many of them appeared in top ranking international journals.