November 13 – Karla Mallette: “‘A narcocracy of language’: The Cosmopolitan Language Against Translation”

November 13 – Karla Mallette: “‘A narcocracy of language’: The Cosmopolitan Language Against Translation”

Karla Mallette is currently working on a monograph, tentatively titled Lives of the Great Languages, which is a theoretical study of the cosmopolitan language system: the trans-regional and trans-historical mega-languages that were the literary media of cultural life in the pre-modern Mediterranean.

Karla Mallette is Professor of Italian and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan.