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Debating World Literature
     

Debating World Literature

by Christopher Prendergast (Editor), Benedict Anderson (Contribution by), Emily Apter (Contribution by), Stanley Corngold (Contribution by), Nicholas Dew (Contribution by)
 

Goethe's Weltliteratur, and the cultural forms of globalization.

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

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Goethe's Weltliteratur, and the cultural forms of globalization.

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 seach for the complexity embodied in the linking of the two terms 'world' and 'literature'.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Quite what Weltliteratur meant (to Goethe and his age) and what it means (or might mean) to us are still very live issues, if only for the reason that ‘globalization’, if it exits at all, is not a state of a process, something still in the making. Goethe’s idea was itself cast in the form of a thought-experiment, a groping reach for a barely glimpsed future. ... By the same token, what we make of it today is necessarily open to indefinitely extended reflection and debate.”—Christopher Prendergast

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859845929
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
03/17/2004
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Prendergast is Professor of Modern French Literature at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King’s College Cambridge. He is the co-editor of World Reader, an anthology of world literature.

Benedict Anderson is Aaron L. Binenkorp Professor of International Studies Emeritus at Cornell University. He is editor of the journal Indonesia and author of Java in a Time of Revolution, The Spectre of Comparisons: Nationalism, Southeast Asia, and the World, Imagined Communities and Under Three Flags.

Emily Apter is Professor of Comparative Literature and French at New York University. Her published works include The Translation Zone: A New Comparative Literature and Continental Drift: From National Characters to Virtual Subjects.

Stanley Corngold is a professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at Princeton University and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His highly acclaimed translations include Kafka's Selected Stories. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Franco Moretti teaches literature at Stanford, where he directs the Literary Lab. He is the author of Signs Taken for Wonders, The Way of the World, Modern Epic, Atlas of the European Novel 1800–1900, and Graphs, Maps, Trees as well as chief editor of The Novel.

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