Introduction: Engaging Communities in Comparative Literature

Jessica Tsui-yan Li


"This special issue of the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée mainly derives from the annual meeting of the Canadian Comparative Literature Association at the University of Calgary from 28 to 30 May 2016, which I organized with the help of committee members. The following ten essays were selected, peer-reviewed, revised, and extended from the original conference presentations, all of them engaging with the conference theme “Engaging Communities Comparatively.” Adopting various literary and cultural discourses, these essays discuss how Comparative Literature depicts the boundaries and devel- opments of different communities, including Canadian communities, Hong Kong Canadian communities, Hispanic-American and Arab communities, the African American community, the Jewish queer community, communities and nature, and diasporas in communities, in regard to nationalism, digital culture, environment, gender and queer theory, sentimentalism, and psychotherapy, as well as the use of irony, poetry, the space between the visual and the verbal, and the self and the other."

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