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Professor Karin Littau

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Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Professor Karin Littau
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    5NW.5.13, Colchester Campus

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    Wednesday 1-2

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Biography

BIOGRAPHY I am Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Essex. Before joining the Department in 1998, I was Senior Lecturer in the School of English at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Prior to that I taught at the University of Warwick, where I studied for my MA in English Literature and PhD in Comparative Literary Theory (funded by a University of Warwick Scholarship; and a British Academy Major State Studentship). I am a founding member of the Centre for Film and Screen Media, established at Essex in 2001, and was its Director from 2003-2008. I am also a member of the Centre for Bibliographical History, based in the Department of History. Since 1998 I have served on the Executive Committee of the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA). RESEARCH My research interests are in nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and film, and include book and film history, reception, adaptation, and translation studies. I have published on the relations between print and screen media, and am especially interested in the effects of media technologies on the senses, perception, and cognition; and the effects of print, cinematograph, and computer on practices of reading, writing, and translation. I have written on Jane Austen, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Angela Carter, and Kathy Acker; and on films by the Lumieres, G. W. Pabst, David Cronenberg, and Ridley Scott. My work is driven by a love of theory, ranging from literary theory, and theories of editing and translation, to film theory and media philosophy. My books include Theories of Reading: Books, Bodies, and Bibliomania (2006), which was funded by the British Academy and published in Spanish by Manantial (2008); Cinematicity in Media History (2013 with Jeffrey Geiger); and A Companion to Translation Studies (2007 with Piotr Kuhiwczak). I am also co-guest-editor of three special issues of Comparative Critical Studies for the British Comparative Literature Association: Inventions: Literature and Science (2005), Cinematicity (2009), and Migration (2014). My next book is A History of Literature and Film for Routledge, which focuses on the ways in which literary writing has been reshaped by moving pictures and gives a revisionary account of literary history from the perspectives of film. I am the author of journal articles in SubStance; MLN; Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies; Forum for Modern Language Studies; Dedalus (Portuguese Comparative Literature Association); PKn: Primerjalna knjizevnost (Slovene Comparative Literature Association); Translation Studies; TTR: Traduction Terminologie Redaction (Canadian Association for Translation Studies); Theatre Research International; and of book chapters in collections such as Translation and World Literature (2018), Film Analysis. A Norton Reader (2013), New Takes in Film-Philosophy (2010), Crash Cultures: modernity, mediation and the material (2002), and Alien Identities: Exploring Differences in Film and Fiction (1999). SUPERVISION I have supervised and examined theses in the UK and EU, including a Doctor Europaeus. I welcome applications for doctoral research in any of the following areas: * literature and film * film adaptation, intermediality, transmedia * comparative literature, rewriting, and translation * history of the book, silent cinema, and new media * technology, mediality, materialism * reception studies and the history of reading * physiology of reading, embodied spectator, affect Please note that I do not supervise practice-based research in creative writing or film.

Qualifications

  • BA Trent

  • MA Warwick

  • PhD Warwick

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Director of Research, Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies University of Essex ( 1/1/2010 - 1/1/2015 )

  • Appointed Member, University Research Committee, University of Essex ( 1/1/2014 - 1/1/2016 )

  • Member, Humanities Faculty Research Group, University of Essex ( 1/1/2014 - 1/1/2015 )

  • Chair, Departmental Research Committee, Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies University of Essex ( 1/1/2010 - 1/1/2015 )

  • Selection Panel Representative, Panel D, CHASE / AHRC Doctoral Studentships ( 1/1/2014 - 1/1/2015 )

  • Deputy Director of Research, Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies University of Essex ( 1/1/2015 - 1/1/2016 )

  • Study Abroad Officer, Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies University of Essex ( 2018 - 2018 )

  • Ethics Officer, University of Essex ( 2018 - present )

Other academic

  • Member, Executive Committee, British Comparative Literature Association ( 1/1/1998 - present )

  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, The Translator (Routledge) ( 2013 - present )

Research and professional activities

Research interests

literature and film

Conferences and presentations

[Guest Speaker] "Filmic Translation and Transmediation", Bristol Seminar, Faculty of Arts, University of Bristol.

Invited presentation, 2015

[Plenary] "Mediality in Flux", Workshop: Media in Motion, in collaboration with Konstanz University, University of Essex.

2014

[Conference Paper] "Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Cinematic Imagination", Panel on Cinematicity in Media History, 53rd Annual Conference: Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago.

2013

[Plenary] "Translating between Media", Translating and Interpreting Across Media: Exploring the Relevance of (Inter)mediality for Language Pedagogy, Sponsored by The Higher Education Academy / AHRC, University of Manchester.

Invited presentation, 2013

[Guest Speaker] "Myth and Translation", Translation Seminar, Centre for Co-Curricular Studies, Imperial College, London.

Invited presentation, 2013

[Guest Speaker] "Reading in the Age of Edison", Departmental Seminar, Fachbereich Literaturwissenschaft, Universität Konstanz, Germany.

Invited presentation, 2012

[Guest Speaker] "Subsequent Steps towards a Media History of the Book", Seminar Series - Landmarks in Book History: the Future of the Discipline, The Open University's Book History Research Group, and the Institute of English Studies, University of London.

Invited presentation, 2012

[Invited Guest] Metanoia Workshop on "Theories of Reading. Books, Bodies, and Bibliomania", Series on Speculative Poetik, Sonderforschungsbereich 626 ‘Ästhetische Erfahrung im Zeichen der Entgrenzung der Künste’, Peter Szondi Institut für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft, Freie Universität Berlin.

Invited presentation, 2012

[Conference Paper] Panel on "Embodied Reading", Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) Conference: The Book in Art & Science, Library of Congress, Washington DC.

2011

[Plenary] "Darwin's Radio: Media and Cultural Change", Possible Worlds - A Day Conference in Honour of Dame Gillian Beer, Queen Mary, University of London.

2011

[Plenary] "The Movie-minded Reader", Interdisciplinary Workshop: Engaging with Film: Perspectives on Cinematic Literacy, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick.

Invited presentation, 2011

[Public Lecture] "History of Translation: from Scroll to Hypertext", City University London Events, in association with UCL and SOAS.

Invited presentation, 2011

[Guest Speaker] "Translation and Book History", Reseach Seminars in Translation Studies, University of Edinburgh/ Herriot Watt University.

Invited presentation, 2011

[Jury-selected Guest and Speaker] "An Archaeology of Affect: Reading, History and Gender", Who Reads? 25th Vilenica International Literary Festival, Lipica, Slovenia.

Invited presentation, 2010

[Keynote] "Intermedial Translation", Symposium: Disordering the Disciplines: Translation and Interdisciplinarity, University of East Anglia.

Keynote presentation, 2010

[Plenary] "Medea's Gift", International Congress: Women and Translation, Asociación de Estudios Históricos de la Mujer de la Universidad de Málaga, Spain.

Invited presentation, 2010

[Guest Speaker] "Cross-media Translation", Translation Studies Seminar, Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies, University of Manchester.

Invited presentation, 2009

[Guest Speaker] "Cross-media Histories - Why Book History matters to Film History, and vice versa", The History and Language of Print Culture Research Seminar, University of Salford, Manchester.

Invited presentation, 2009

[Keynote] "The Physiology of Momentary Angels: Towards a Reception Aesthetics of Media", International Conference: Philosophy and Film/ Film and Philosophy, University of the West of England & the Arnolfini, Bristol.

Keynote presentation, 2008

[Guest Speaker] "Summa Phantasmagoria", Symposium with Steven Connor on the occasion of the publication of Marina Warner's book Phantasmagoria. Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media into the Twenty-first Century, Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies and Department of Art History and Theory, University of Essex.

Invited presentation, 2007

[Guest Speaker] "Anatomy of Reading", Departmental Seminar, Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, University of Essex.

2006

[Conference Paper] "Technological Aesthesis: The Impressing Inventions of Gutenberg and the Lumières", British Comparative Literature Association XIII International Conference, Literature and Science, University of Leeds.

2004

[Guest Speaker] "Translation and Gender", Institute of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh.

Invited presentation, 2003

[Conference Paper] "The Physiology of Consumption", Unprincipled Passions: Emotion and Modernity, University of Southampton .

2002

[Guest Speaker] "The Physiology of Reading’, Departmental Seminar, Department of Literature, University of Essex.

Invited presentation, 2001

[Guest Speaker] "Schaulust: Physical Pleasure and Non-Narrative Cinema", Departmental Seminar, Department of Literature, University of Essex.

Invited presentation, 2000

[Conference Paper] "Translating like/as a Woman", Conference: Gender and Translation, University of East Anglia.

1999

[Guest Speaker] "Pandora’s Tongues", Gender Seminar, University of Essex.

Invited presentation, 1999

[Conference Paper] "The Scattering of Languages", Paideia. XXth World Congress of Philosophy, Boston, US.

1998

[Guest Speaker] "Angela Carter’s New Reading of Pabst’s Wedekind’s Lulu", Departmental Seminar, Department of Literature, University of Essex.

Invited presentation, 1998

[Guest Speaker] "Adaptation and Rewriting", Doctoral Seminar, Comparative Literature, University College London.

Invited presentation, 1998

[Conference Paper] "The Power of Myth: Babel, Oedipus, Pandora", Conference on Translation and Power, University of Warwick.

1997

[Guest Speaker] "Translation and Literary Theory", Seminar Series: Translation Studies, Manchester Insitute of Science and Technology.

Invited presentation, 1997

[Conference Paper] "Derrida in Translation", Applied Derrida, University of Luton

1995

[Conference Paper] "Reading Thieving Theorizing", ESSE European Society for the Study of English, University of Glasgow.

1995

[Conference Paper] "Pandora’s Tongues", EST European Society for the Study of Translation, Translation as Intercultural Communication, Charles University Prague.

1995

[Conference Paper] "Global Theory and Local Translation", ESSE European Society for the Study of English, University of Bordeaux.

1993

[Conference Paper] "Intertextuality and Translation: The Waste Land in French and German", XIII World Congress of FIT, Brighton.

1993

[Guest Speaker] "Woman-handling the Text: Translating Barthes into Quebecois", Warwick Seminars in Comparative Studies: Translation the Cultural Turn, University of Warwick.

Invited presentation, 1993

[Guest Speaker] "The Other in Gadamer and Derrida", Critical Forum, University of Bristol.

Invited presentation, 1993

[Conference Paper] "Towards a Postmodern Theory of Translation", Translation Studies - an Interdiscipline, University of Vienna.

1992

[Conference Paper] "Translation as Incursion: Moves Across and Beyond the Borders of Continental Thought", VI Triennial Conference of the British Comparative Literature Association: Across Europe, University of Warwick.

1992

[Conference Paper] "The Text on Trial. What a Performance. Brecht and the Witch-hunt, Galileo and the Inquisition", Theatre and the Discourses of Power, University of Exeter.

1991

[Guest Speaker] "Postmodernism and Performance", Cultural and Policy Studies Unit, Bolton Institute of Higher Education.

1990

[Guest Speaker] "Performance/Text in the Domain of Translation", Philosophy-Literature Society, University of Warwick.

Invited presentation, 1990

[Guest Speaker] "The Transposition of the Figure of Sally Bowles from Novel to Play to the Film Cabaret", The Arts Graduate Forum, University of Warwick .

1989

Teaching and supervision

  • Approaches to Film and Media (LT121)

  • Critical Theory (LT204)

  • Cityscapes of Modernism (LT368)

  • Writing in Society: The Art of Communication (LT705)

  • Independent Literature Project (LT831)

  • Independent Film Project (LT833)

  • Independent Project in Film Studies (LT834)

  • Adaptation (LT928)

Publications

Journal articles (27)

Littau, K., (2018). Translation and Optical Media: Spirit-Channeling in Edward FitzGerald’s Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. Amodern. 8

Littau, K., (2017). Response by Littau to the responses to “Translation and the materialities of communication”. Translation Studies. 10 (1), 97-101

Littau, K., (2017). Okumanın Teorileri: Kitaplar, Bedenler ve Bibliyomani. Çevrimdışı İstanbul. Special Issue: Edebiyatta Okurun Rolü [The Role of Readers in Literature] (6), 40-44

Littau, K., (2016). Translation and the materialities of communication. Translation Studies. 9 (1), 82-96

Littau, K., (2016). Translation's Histories and Digital Futures. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION. 10, 907-928

Littau, K., (2015). "In the Beginning"... an Intermedial Babel. SubStance. 44 (3), 112-127

Bahun, S., Finburgh, C. and Littau, K., (2014). Guest Editors' Introduction to Comparative Critical Studies (special issue: Migration). Comparative Critical Studies. 11 (2-3), 145-160

Littau, K., (2012). The Dog and the Phonograph: Possible Futures in the Self-Development of Media. Comparative Critical Studies (e-CCS Online Supplement). 9 (3), 41-56

Littau, K., (2011). An archaeology of affect: Reading, history and gender. Primerjalna Knjizevnost. 34 (2), 193-203

Littau, K., (2011). Media, mythology and morphogenesis: Aliens™. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. 17 (1), 19-36

Littau, K., (2011). First steps towards a media history of translation. Translation Studies. 4 (3), 261-281

Littau, K., (2011). Artheologija afecta: branje, zgodovina in spol. PKn Primerjalna književnost. 34 (2), 51-61

Geiger, J. and Littau, K., (2009). Guest Editors' Introduction to Comparative Critical Studies (special issue: Cinematicity). Comparative Critical Studies. 6 (3), 287-295

Littau, K., (2009). Summa Phantasmagoria. Comparative Critical Studies. 6 (3), 403-409

Falconer, R. and Littau, K., (2005). Guest Editors' Introduction to Comparative Critical Studies (special issue: Inventions: Literature and Science). Comparative Critical Studies. 2 (2), v-x

Littau, K., (2005). Serial Translation: Angela Carter's New Reading of Pabst's Wedekind's Lulu. Comparative Critical Studies. 2 (1), 45-65

Littau, K., (2000). Pandora's Tongues. TTR: Traduction, Terminologie, Rédaction: Etudes sur le Texte et Ses Transformations. 13 (1), 21-35

Littau, K., (1997). Translation in the Age of Postmodern Production: From Text to Intertext to Hypertext. Forum for Modern Language Studies. 33 (1), 81-96

GRANT, IH. and Littau, K., (1996). Deconstruction. The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory. 6 (1), 33-44

Littau, K., (1996). Reading Thieving Theorizing: Philip Hensher's Other Lulus and Kathy Acker's The Selling of Lulu. Dedalus: Revista Portuguesa de Literatura Comparada. 6, 37-50

GRANT, IH. and Littau, K., (1995). Deconstruction. The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory. 5 (1), 36-63

Littau, K., (1995). Refractions of the Feminine: The Monstrous Transformations of Lulu. MLN. 110 (4), 888-912

LITTAU, K., (1994). Deconstruction. The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory. 4 (1), 67-93

Littau, K., (1993). Deconstruction. The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory. 3 (1), 70-86

LITTAU, K., (1993). PERFORMING TRANSLATION - BETWEEN TEXT AND PERFORMANCE. THEATRE RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL. 18 (1), 53-60

Littau, K., (1993). Dagmar Kift Arbeiterkultur im gesellschaftlichen Konflikt: die Englische Music Hall im 19 Jahrhundert Essen: Klartext-Verlag, 1991. 240 p. ISBN 3-88474-154-3.. New Theatre Quarterly. 9 (35), 299-299

LITTAU, K., (1992). Hermeneutics. The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory. 2 (1), 46-51

Books (7)

Littau, K., Bahun, S. and Finburgh, C., (2014). Migration (Special Issue of Comparative Critical Studies). Edinburgh University Press

Littau, K. and Geiger, J., (2013). Cinematicity in media history. Edinburgh University Press. 9780748676125

Littau, K. and Geiger, J., (2009). Cinematicity (Special Issue of Comparative Critical Studies). Edinburgh University Press

Littáu, K., (2008). Teorías de la lectura Libros, cuerpos y bibliomanía. Ediciones Manantial. 9875001236. 9789875001237

Littau, K. and Kuhiwczak, P., (2007). A Companion to Translation Studies. Multilingual Matters. 9781853599569

Littau, K., (2006). Theories of Reading: Books, Bodies, and Bibliomania. Polity. 9780745616599

Littau, K. and Falconer, R., (2005). Inventions: Literature and Science (Special Issue of Comparative Critical Studies). Edinburgh University Press

Book chapters (29)

Littau, K., (2018). Two Ages of World Literature. In: Translation and World Literature. Editors: Bassnett, S., . Routledge. 159- 174. 1138641758. 9781138641754

Littau, K., (2013). Reading in the Age of Edison: The Cinematicity of ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper’. In: Cinematicity in Media History. Editors: . Edinburgh UP. 67- 87. 9780748676118

Geiger, J. and Littau, K., (2013). Introduction: Cinematicity and comparative media. In: Cinematicity in Media History. Editors: . Edinburgh University Press. 1- 18. 9780748676125

Littau, K., (2013). Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (1895-1897), Lumiere Brothers. In: Film Analysis: A Norton Reader (Second edition). Editors: Geiger, J. and Rutsky, RL., . W W Norton and Company. 18- 38. 9780393923247

Littau, K., (2011). The ghost is the machine: Media-philosophy and materialism. In: New Takes in Film-Philosophy. Editors: Carel, H. and Tuck, G., . Palgrave MacMillan. 154- 170. 9780230294851

Littau, K., (2010). Translation in the Age of Postmodern Production: From Text to Intertext to Hypertext. In: Critical Readings in Translation Studies. Editors: Baker, M., . Routledge. 435- 448. 0415469546. 9780415469548

Littau, K., (2009). Translation in the Age of Postmodern Production: From Text to Intertext to Hypertext. In: Translation Studies. 4 Vols. Editors: Baker, M., . Routledge. 435- 448. 0415344220. 9780415344227

Littau, K. and Kuhiwczak, P., (2007). Introduction. In: A Companion to Translation Studies. Editors: Littau, K. and Kuhiwczak, P., . Multilingual Matters Limited. 1- 12. 1853599573. 9781853599576

Littau, K., (2005). Arrival of a Train at la Ciotat (1895-1897): Silent Films and Screaming Audiences. In: Film Analysis: A Norton Reader. Editors: Geiger, J. and Rutsky, RL., . Norton. 43- 62. 9780393979831

Littau, K., (2002). Eye-Hunger: Physical Pleasure and Non-Narrative Cinema. In: Crash Cultures: modernity mediation and the material. Editors: Arthurs, J. and Grant, I., . Intellect Books / University of Chicago Press. 35- 51. 1-84150-071-2

Littau, K., (2001). Jacques Derrida. In: The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism. Editors: Sim, S., . Routledge. 1136698329. 9781136698323

Littau, K., (2001). Paul de Man. In: The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism. Editors: Sim, S., . Routledge. 1136698329. 9781136698323

Littau, K., (2001). Geoffrey Hartmann. In: The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism. Editors: Sim, S., . Routledge. 1136698329. 9781136698323

Littau, K., (2001). J. Hillis Miller. In: The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism. Editors: Sim, S., . Routledge. 1136698329. 9781136698323

Littau, K., (2001). Deconstruction. In: The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism. Editors: Sim, S., . Routledge. 1136698329. 9781136698323

Littau, K., (2001). Difference. In: The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism. Editors: Sim, S., . Routledge. 1136698329. 9781136698323

Littau, K., (2001). Différance. In: The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism. Editors: Sim, S., . Routledge. 1136698329. 9781136698323

Littau, K., (2000). Hypertext and Translation. In: Encyclopedia of Literary Translation Into English. Editors: Classe, O., . Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers. 1884964362. 9781884964367

Littau, K., (2000). Frank Wedekind, The Lulu Plays. In: Encyclopedia of Literary Translation Into English. Editors: Classe, O., . Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers. 1884964362. 9781884964367

Littau, K., (1999). Adaptation, Teleportation and Mutation from Langelaan's to Cronenberg's The Fly. In: Alien Identities: Exploring Difference in Film and Fiction. Editors: Cartmell, D., Kaye, H., Hunter, IQ. and Whelehan, I., . Pluto/Chicago University Press. 141- 155. 9780745314051

Littau, K., (1998). Jacques Derrida. In: The Icon Critical Dictionary of Postmodern Thought. Editors: Sim, S., . Icon. 187416665X. 9781874166658

Littau, K., (1998). Paul de Man. In: The Icon Critical Dictionary of Postmodern Thought. Editors: Sim, S., . Icon. 187416665X. 9781874166658

Littau, K., (1998). Geoffrey Hartman. In: The Icon Critical Dictionary of Postmodern Thought. Editors: Sim, S., . Icon. 187416665X. 9781874166658

Littau, K., (1998). J. Hillis Miller. In: The Icon Critical Dictionary of Postmodern Thought. Editors: Sim, S., . Icon. 187416665X. 9781874166658

Littau, K., (1998). Deconstruction. In: The Icon Critical Dictionary of Postmodern Thought. Editors: Sim, S., . Icon. 187416665X. 9781874166658

Littau, K., (1998). Difference. In: The Icon Critical Dictionary of Postmodern Thought. Editors: Sim, S., . Icon. 187416665X. 9781874166658

Littau, K., (1998). Différance. In: The Icon Critical Dictionary of Postmodern Thought. Editors: Sim, S., . Icon. 187416665X. 9781874166658

Littau, K., (1996). Incommunication: Derrida in Translation. In: Applying: To Derrida. Editors: Brannigan, J., Robbins, R. and Wolfreys, J., . Macmillan. 107- 123. 9780333656624

LITTAU, K., (1993). INTERTEXTUALITY AND TRANSLATION - THE WASTE LAND IN FRENCH AND GERMAN. In: Translation - The Vital Link. Proceedings of the XIII World Congress of the International Federation of Translators, Vol. I. Editors: . Chameleon Press. 63- 69. 0-9522056-0-2. 9780952205623

Reports and Papers (1)

Littau, K., (1994). Theory and Disciplinary Purism, Council for College and University English Newsletter

Contact

klittau@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872629

Location:

5NW.5.13, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Wednesday 1-2