German Literature as World Literature

German Literature as World Literature

by Thomas Oliver Beebee
     
 

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This new collection investigates German literature in its international dimensions. While no single volume can deal comprehensively with such a vast topic, the nine contributors cover a wide historical range, with a variety of approaches and authors represented. Together, the essays begin to adumbrate the systematic nature of the relations between German national

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This new collection investigates German literature in its international dimensions. While no single volume can deal comprehensively with such a vast topic, the nine contributors cover a wide historical range, with a variety of approaches and authors represented. Together, the essays begin to adumbrate the systematic nature of the relations between German national literature and world literature as these have developed through institutions, cultural networks, and individual authors.

In the last two decades, discussions of world literature-literature that resonates beyond its original linguistic and cultural contexts-have come increasingly to the forefront of theoretical investigations of literature. One reason for the explosion of world literature theory, pedagogy and methodology is the difficulty of accomplishing either world literature criticism, or world literary history. The capaciousness, as well as the polylingual and multicultural features of world literature present formidable obstacles to its study, and call for a collaborative approach that conjoins a variety of expertise. To that end, this collection contributes to the critical study of world literature in its textual, institutional, and translatorial reality, while at the same time highlighting a question that has hitherto received insufficient scholarly attention: what is the relation between national and world literatures, or, more specifically, in what senses do national literatures systematically participate in (or resist) world literature?

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“For far too long, the only role that the German tradition has played in the flourishing discussions surrounding “world literature” is to have given the field its name. The present volume corrects this deficit and shows how German literature interacts with the world at large. It should be required reading for anyone interested in the future of German studies in the twenty-first century!” —Tobias Boes, Associate Professor of German Language and Literature, University of Notre Dame, USA

“In his wide-ranging introduction, Beebee explores some of the traditions, conflicting concepts, and critical potential of WL for expanding and altering the confines of German national literature … Overall, the volume offers an excellent introduction to the debate on (German) world literature. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” —CHOICE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781623563912
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
07/31/2014
Series:
Literatures as World Literature Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Thomas Oliver Beebee is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Comparative Literature and German at Penn State University, USA. He is the author of Millennial Literatures of the Americas, 1492-2002 (Oxford University Press, 2008), Epistolary Fiction in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 1999), The Ideology of Genre: A Comparative Study of Generic Instability (Penn State Press, 1994) and Clarissa on the Continent: Translation and Seduction (Penn State Press, 1990).

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