A Companion to Comparative Literature (Blackwell Companions by Ali Behdad, Dominic Thomas (editors)

By Ali Behdad, Dominic Thomas (editors)

A spouse to Comparative Literature provides a suite of greater than thirty unique essays from verified and rising students, which discover the heritage, present nation, and way forward for comparative literature.Features over thirty unique essays from top foreign individuals offers a severe evaluation of the prestige of literary and cross-cultural inquiry Addresses the background, present nation, and way forward for comparative literature Chapters deal with such issues because the courting among translation and transnationalism, literary concept and rising media, the way forward for nationwide literatures in an period of globalization, gender and cultural formation throughout time, East-West cultural encounters, postcolonial and diaspora reports, and different experimental techniques to literature and tradition

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68–69; Culture, p. 45; Mimesis, p. xvi). See also Mufti, who argues that Said’s secular criticism should be understood as being rooted in a minority-exilic conception of culture – that is, that it is aimed not so much at religion per se as at forms of majoritarian thinking such as nationalism. References and Further Reading Agamben, Giorgio. (2005). The Time That Remains: A Commentary on the Letter to the Romans. ). Stanford: Stanford University Press. Apter, Emily. (2006). The Translation Zone: A New Comparative Literature.

This demand, which may be viewed retrospectively as the ambitious ethical proposition of Auerbach’s book, was in turn consolidated as the premise of comparative literature. The discipline’s efforts at selfreform, in recent years, from its previous Europe-dominant foci to “world,” “global,” or “planetary” literatures, with compellingly argued emphases on distant reading, A Discipline of Tolerance 21 circulation, translation, postcoloniality, subalternity, and world republicanism (see Moretti, 2000; Damrosch, 2003; Apter, 2006; Melas, 2007; Spivak, 2003; Casanova, 2004), are, in this respect, the latest corroborations of this spiritual lineage.

1 That Comparative Literature has lacked the discipline to avoid repeating itself in this recurrent exercise is an effect of what I referred to as its indiscipline. While this word could be taken up as embodying what many see as a positive attribute of the field – its lack of definition – it was used to indicate quite the opposite: a lack of definition is actually a limitation not an unbounded horizon. This is nowhere more present than in Comparative Literature’s pursuit of the world as a place of boundless promise when in fact that pursuit is only a more extensive expression of an imprecise methodological task, namely, comparison, that is present across the humanities at large but whose effects are concentrated to an extraordinary degree within Comparative Literature.

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