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Professor Jenny Haase (Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany), on Thursday, 26 October 2023 at 17:30-19:oo in the Polish Academy of Sciences (Działyński Palace, Stary Rynek 78/79, 2nd floor), will hold a public lecture on "Vital Mysticism. Female Modernism, Transsecular Subjectivities, and the Ethics of Relation" and on Friday, 27 October (Faculty of Modern Languages and Literatures, Collegium Novum, Al. Niepodległości 4, aula C2) will give a paper at the colloqium “Literatura y plantas” (in Spanish).

Vital Mysticism:
Female Modernism, Transsecular Subjectivities,
and the Ethics of Relation


This talk focusses on the tension between religious and secular thought in modernist writings by French, Spanish and Italian women poets and their claim for an ethics of relation that is sensitive to the body of the self and the other (human or non-human). Starting by discussing recent models of relational subjectivity provided by feminist theory and new materialism, I will further examine the Dionysian poetics in French poet Anna de Noailles (1876-1933), the traces of Carmelite desire in Spanish author Ernestina de Champourcin (1905-1999), and the echoes of Franciscan attention to animals and nature in Italian poet Antonia Pozzi (1912-1938) from a new vitalist perspective. While questioning dominantly male models of Cartesian, autonomous subjectivity, the poets propose a dynamic, porous and open aesthetics and ethics and a transsecular, monistic model of the world that provides connecting points to different theoretical strands today: in their writings, these three poets reflect on an “intimacy with the world” (Braidotti) that has fascinating affinities both to the tradition of Cristian mysticism as well as to modernist vitalism and new materialist thought in the present.

Friday, October 27, 2023
(Collegium Novum, Al. Niepodległośc 4, aula C2)

Coloquio “Literatura y plantas”  

9:45-11:00 Jenny Haase: Del lado de las plantas: nuevas perspectivas vegetales en la narrativa latinoamericana contemporánea


11:00-11:30 Pausa café


11:30-11:50 Amán Rosales Rodríguez: Laberinto de la selva, laberinto del alma. Sobre tres novelas regionales hispanoamericanas: Canaima, La serpiente de oro y Sangama


11:50-12:10 Barbara Łuczak: De Gran Bretaña a América Latina (y viceversa): las plantas en el Diario de su residencia en Chile (1822) y de su viaje al Brasil (1823) de Maria Graham


12:10-12:30 Wojciech Sawala: Elena Garro, María Luisa Bombal, Clarice Lispector. Tres escritoras americanas frente al árbol.


12:30-13:00 Debate

Jenny Haase

Jenny Haase is a professor of Spanish and Latin American literatures and cultures at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. She was awarded her PhD (Dr. phil.) at Humboldt University Berlin in 2008 for her thesis on travel writing and historical novels on Patagonia. From 2015 to 2017 she hold a Fedor Lynen Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Stanford University (USA) sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Her research and teaching focus on Spanish, Latin American and French literature and film in the 20th and 21st centuries and Siglo de Oro. She is particularly interested in ecocriticism, new materialism, postsecularism, post- and decolonial theory, poetry, mysticism, travel literature, and gender studies. Most recently, she published a monograph on Vitale Mystik. Formen und Rezeptionen mystischen Schreibens in der Lyrik von Anna de Noailles, Ernestina de Champourcin und Antonia Pozzi [Vital Mysticism. Forms and Receptions of Mystical Writing in Anna de Noailles, Ernestina de Champourcin and Antonia Pozzi](De Gruyter, 2022). She is currently co-editing a book on German Romanticism and Latin America. New Connections in World Literature (with Joanna Neilly, 2023) and on Inter/Sections: Post-Anthropocentric Concepts of Multiplicity (with Kathrin Thiele, Brill, forthcoming).


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