Released on 2013-04-23Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

Against World Literature

Against World Literature

Author: Emily Apter

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 9781844679706

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability argues for a rethinking of comparative literature focusing on the problems that emerge when large-scale paradigms of literary studies ignore the politics of the “Untranslatable”—the realm of those words that are continually retranslated, mistranslated, transferred from language to language, or especially resistant to substitution. In the place of “World Literature”—a dominant paradigm in the humanities, one grounded in market-driven notions of readability and universal appeal—Apter proposes a plurality of “world literatures” oriented around philosophical concepts and geopolitical pressure points. The history and theory of the language that constructs World Literature is critically examined with a special focus on Weltliteratur, literary world systems, narrative ecosystems, language borders and checkpoints, theologies of translation, and planetary devolution in a book set to revolutionize the discipline of comparative literature.
Released on 2014-06-01Categories Literary Criticism

Against World Literature

Against World Literature

Author: Emily Apter

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 9781784780036

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 384

View: 780

On the problems of translation in literary study. Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability argues for a rethinking of comparative literature focusing on the problems that emerge when large-scale paradigms of literary studies ignore the politics of the “Untranslatable”—the realm of those words that are continually retranslated, mistranslated, transferred from language to language, or especially resistant to substitution. In the place of “World Literature”—a dominant paradigm in the humanities, one grounded in market-driven notions of readability and universal appeal—Apter proposes a plurality of “world literatures” oriented around philosophical concepts and geopolitical pressure points. The history and theory of the language that constructs World Literature is critically examined with a special focus on Weltliteratur, literary world systems, narrative ecosystems, language borders and checkpoints, theologies of translation, and planetary devolution in a book set to revolutionize the discipline of comparative literature.
Released on 2020-11-26Categories Literary Criticism

Philosophy as World Literature

Philosophy as World Literature

Author: Jeffrey R. Di Leo

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501351891

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 105

What does it mean to consider philosophy as a species of not just literature but world literature? The authors in this collection explore philosophy through the lens of the "worlding" of literature--that is, how philosophy is connected and reconnected through global literary networks that cross borders, mix stories, and speak in translation and dialect. Historically, much of the world's most influential philosophy, from Plato's dialogues and Augustine's confessions to Nietzsche's aphorisms and Sartre's plays, was a form of literature--as well as, by extension, a form of world literature. Philosophy as World Literature offers a variety of accounts of how the worlding of literature problematizes the national categorizing of philosophy and brings new meanings and challenges to the discussion of intersections between philosophy and literature.
Released on 2021-04-27Categories Literary Criticism

The Work of World Literature

The Work of World Literature

Author: Robinson, Benjamin Lewis

Publisher: ICI Berlin Press

ISBN: 9783965580114

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

View: 339

The contentious discourse around world literature tends to stress the ‘world’ in the phrase. This volume, in contrast, asks what it means to approach world literature by inflecting the question of the literary. Debates for, against, and around ‘world literature’ have brought renewed attention to the worldly aspects of the literary enterprise. Literature is studied with regard to its sociopolitical and cultural references, contexts and conditions of production, circulation, distribution, and translation. But what becomes of the literary when one speaks of world literature? Responding to Derek Attridge’s theory of how literature ‘works’, the contributions in this volume explore in diverse ways and with attention to a variety of literary practices what it might mean to speak of ‘the work of world literature’. The volume shows how attention to literariness complicates the ethical and political conundrums at the centre of debates about world literature.
Released on 2020-12-10Categories Literary Criticism

Turkish Literature as World Literature

Turkish Literature as World Literature

Author: Burcu Alkan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501358036

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

View: 398

Essays covering a broad range of genres and ranging from the late Ottoman era to contemporary literature open the debate on the place of Turkish literature in the globalized literary world. Explorations of the multilingual cosmopolitanism of the Ottoman literary scene are complemented by examples of cross-generational intertextual encounters. The renowned poet Nâzim Hikmet is studied from a variety of angles, while contemporary and popular writers such as Orhan Pamuk and Elif Safak are contextualized. Turkish Literature as World Literature not only fills a significant lacuna in world literary studies but also draws a composite historical, political, and cultural portrait of Turkey in its relations with the broader world.
Released on 2020-06-25Categories Literary Criticism

Francophone Literature as World Literature

Francophone Literature as World Literature

Author: Christian Moraru

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501347160

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

View: 685

Francophone Literature as World Literature examines French-language works from a range of global traditions and shows how these literary practices draw individuals, communities, and their cultures and idioms into a planetary web of tension and cross-fertilization. The Francophone corpus under scrutiny here comes about in the evolving, markedly relational context provided by these processes and their developments during and after the French empire. The 15 chapters of this collection delve into key aspects, moments, and sites of the literature flourishing throughout the francosphere after World War II and especially since the 1980s, from the French Hexagon to the Caribbean and India, and from Québec to the Maghreb and Romania. Understood and practiced as World Literature, Francophone literature claims--with particular force in the wake of the littérature-monde debate--its place in a more democratic world republic of letters, where writers, critics, publishers, and audiences are no longer beholden to traditional centers of cultural authority.
Released on 2011-09-14Categories Literary Collections

The Routledge Companion to World Literature

The Routledge Companion to World Literature

Author: Theo D'haen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136655760

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 544

View: 114

In the age of globalization, the category of "World Literature" is increasingly important to academic teaching and research. The Routledge Companion to World Literature offers a comprehensive pathway into this burgeoning and popular field. Separated into four key sections, the volume covers: the history of World Literature through significant writers and theorists from Goethe to Said, Casanova and Moretti the disciplinary relationship of World Literature to areas such as philology, translation, globalization and diaspora studies theoretical issues in World Literature including gender, politics and ethics a global perspective on the politics of World Literature. The forty-eight outstanding contributors to this companion offer an ideal introduction to those approaching the field for the first time, or looking to further their knowledge of this extensive field.
Released on 2012-06Categories Literary Criticism

World Literature Reader

World Literature Reader

Author: Theo D'haen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135726164

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 401

View: 459

World Literature is an increasingly influential subject in literary studies, which has led to the re-framing of contemporary ideas of ‘national literatures’, language and translation. World Literature: A Reader brings together thirty essential readings which display the theoretical foundations of the subject, as well as showing its conceptual development over a two hundred year period. The book features: an illuminating introduction to the subject, with suggested reading paths to help readers navigate through the materials texts exploring key themes such as globalization, cosmopolitanism, post/trans-nationalism, and translation and nationalism writings by major figures including J. W. Goethe, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Longxi Zhao, David Damrosch, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Pascale Casanova and Milan Kundera. The early explorations of the meaning of ‘Weltliteratur’ are introduced, while twenty-first century interpretations by leading scholars today show the latest critical developments in the field. The editors offer readers the ideal introduction to the theories and debates surrounding the impact of this crucial area on the modern literary landscape.
Released on 2020-12-15Categories Literary Criticism

Transnationalism and Translation in Modern Chinese, English, French and Japanese Literatures

Transnationalism and Translation in Modern Chinese, English, French and Japanese Literatures

Author: Ryan Johnson

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 9781785274350

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 226

View: 912

The theory of “literary worlds” has become increasingly important in comparative and world literatures. But how are the often-contradictory elements of Eastern and Western literatures to cohere in the new worlds such contact creates? Drawing on the latest work in philosophical logic and analytic Asian philosophy, this monograph proposes a new model of literary worlds that is best suited to comparative literature dealing with Western and East Asian traditions. Unlike much discussion of world literature anchored in North American traditions, featured here is the transnational work of artists, philosophers, and poets writing in English, French, Japanese and Mandarin in the twentieth century. Rather than imposing sharp borders, this book suggests that vague boundaries link Eastern and Western literary works and traditions, and that degrees of distance can better help us to see the multiple dimensions that both distinguish and join together literary worlds East and West. As such, it enables us to grasp not only how East Asian and Western writers translate one another’s works into their own languages and traditions, but also how modern writers East and West modify their own traditions in order to make them fit in the new constellation of literary worlds brought about by the complex flow of literary information across twentieth-century Eurasia.
Released on 2004-03-17Categories Literary Criticism

Debating World Literature

Debating World Literature

Author: Benedict Anderson

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 1859844588

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 372

View: 553

In the continuing debates about the cultural dimensions of globalization, the question of "literature" has been something of a poor relation. This volume seeks to redress the balance. Its starting point is Goethe's idea of Weltliteratur, from which it travels out to various parts of the globe at different historical junctures. Its concerns include the legacy of Goethe's idea, variable understandings of the term "literature" itself, cross-cultural encounters (the contact of the oral and the written, the paradoxes of "exoticism"), the nature of "small literatures", and the cultural politics of literary genres (poetry and the novel). The underlying objective of the volume is to transcend the pieties and simplifications of polemic in a reach for the complexity embodied in the linking of the two terms "world" and "literature". Contributors: Benedict Anderson, Emily Apter, Stanley Corngold, Nicholas Dew, Simon Goldhill, Stephen Heath, Stephan Hoesel-Uhlig, Peter Madsen, Franco Moretti, Christopher Prendergast, Timothy J. Reiss, Bruce Clunies Ross, John Sturrock, Elisa Sampson Vera Tudela.
Released on 2013-03-01Categories Literary Criticism

The Routledge Concise History of World Literature

The Routledge Concise History of World Literature

Author: Theo D'haen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136635700

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

View: 833

This remarkably broad and informative book offers an introduction to and overview of World Literature. Tracing the term from its earliest roots and situating it within a number of relevant contexts from postcolonialism to postmodernism, Theo D’haen examines: the return of the term "world literature" and its changing meaning Goethe’s concept of Weltliteratur and how this relates to current debates theories and theorists who have had an impact on world literature non-canonical and less-known literatures from around the globe the possibility and implications of a definition of world literature. This book is the ideal guide to an increasingly popular and important term in literary studies. It is accessible and engaging and will be invaluable to students of world literature, comparative literature, translation and postcolonial studies and anyone with an interest in these or related topics.
Released on 2013-12-16Categories Literary Criticism

World Literature in Theory

World Literature in Theory

Author: David Damrosch

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118457672

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 544

View: 274

World Literature in Theory provides a definitive exploration of the pressing questions facing those studying world literature today. Coverage is split into four parts which examine the origins and seminal formulations of world literature, world literature in the age of globalization, contemporary debates on world literature, and localized versions of world literature Contains more than 30 important theoretical essays by the most influential scholars, including Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Hugo Meltzl, Edward Said, Franco Moretti, Jorge Luis Borges, and Gayatri Spivak Includes substantive introductions to each essay, as well as an annotated bibliography for further reading Allows students to understand, articulate, and debate the most important issues in this rapidly changing field of study