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Debating World Literature
     

Debating World Literature

by Christopher Prendergast, Benedict Anderson, Emily Apter, Stanley Corngold, Nicholas Dew
 

ISBN-10: 1859844588

ISBN-13: 9781859844588

Pub. Date: 03/18/2004

Publisher: Verso Books

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. It takes as its starting point Goethe’s idea of Weltliteratur, from which it then travels out to various parts of the globe at different historical junctures.

Overview

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. It takes as its starting point Goethe’s idea of Weltliteratur, from which it then travels out to various parts of the globe at different historical junctures. Among its many concerns are the legacies of Goethe’s idea, variable understandings of the term ‘literature’ itself, cross-cultural encounters, the nature of ‘small literatures’, and the cultural politics of literary genres. With contributions from many of the leading voices in the field, Debating World Literature seeks to transcend the pieties and simplifications of polemic in a search for the complexity embodied in the linking of the two terms ‘world’ and ‘literature’.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859844588
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
03/18/2004
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.45(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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