Monika Raič studied Political Science and Comparative Literature at the Goethe University Frankfurt (2003-2009) and the Universidad de Buenos Aires (2006-2007). Since 2013 Monika Raič works as a university assistant at the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Innsbruck where she is also a doctoral candidate. Her research focuses on cosmopolitanism, Orientalism and Weltliteratur. Specifically, she is interested in the classic French ‘Voyage en Orient’, the late works of Roberto Arlt, 1920/30ies cinema and photography.
My current research project interrogates the late work of the Argentine writer Roberto Arlt, re-examining his literary oeuvre after 1935/6. After a posting as a newspaper correspondent in pre-Civil War Spain and a brief stay in Morocco, his writing changes genres and themes, exhibiting a strong tendency towards so-called “orientalist” motifs. By reading his texts against the backdrop of classic Orientalists like Chateaubriand, Nerval and Flaubert, and by incorporating analyses of photography and contemporary film, I aim at excavating the structures by means of which Arlt tries to understand “world”, produce world himself and by doing so inscribe his enunciations into a worldly rather than a local realm. This problematizes yet another paradigm, namely the possibilities to contribute to the global process of world-making from the marginal speaking position at which Argentina or Latin America is located.