Other Renaissances: A New Approach to World Literature

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Other Renaissances is a collection of twelve essays discussing renaissances beyond the fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italian and then pan-European Renaissance. With a prologue by Giuseppe Mazzotta about the Italian Renaissance as a "world-making" epistemology, and an afterward by Sander Gilman to summarize the cogent points of the essays, the collection proposes an approach to reframing the Renaissance in which the European Renaissance becomes an imaginative idea, rather than a particular moment in time. ...

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Overview

Other Renaissances is a collection of twelve essays discussing renaissances beyond the fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italian and then pan-European Renaissance. With a prologue by Giuseppe Mazzotta about the Italian Renaissance as a "world-making" epistemology, and an afterward by Sander Gilman to summarize the cogent points of the essays, the collection proposes an approach to reframing the Renaissance in which the European Renaissance becomes an imaginative idea, rather than a particular moment in time. Essays cover the Chinese, Harlem, Bengali, Tamil, Maori, Irish, Mexican, Arab, Hebrew, and Cold War Renaissance of the US in the 1950s.

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“In vivid case studies of the ways that cultural movements around the globe have appropriated the idea of a ‘renaissance,’ Other Renaissances explores the reach of the term far beyond its European time and place of origin, as the concept has been mobilized, contested and transformed by a wide range of peoples confronting issues of modernization and post-colonial cultural life. From Ireland to India and from Harlem to New Zealand, the world’s multiple renaissances resonate together in fascinating ways in this pathbreaking contribution to comparative study on a genuinely global basis.”—David Damrosch, Columbia University

Other Renaissances is rigorous test of the versatility and global mobility of a decidedly European concept and its possibilities outside its historical context. Reaching across cultural chronologies and geographical borders, the contributors to this volume deftly pursue the serviceability of ‘Renaissance’ as theoretical construct, as critical lens, and as epistemic instrument beyond the European time and place of its genesis. A challenging comparative exploration in transnational and transcultural understanding.”—Djelal Kadir, The Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Comparative Literature, Department of Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403974464
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/14/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Deen Schildgen is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California Davis. She has published on Dante, Chaucer, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Augustine, and on the reception of Dante in India. She is the author of books on the Gospel of Mark, one of which won a Choice Award in 1999, one on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (Pagans, Tartars, Jews, and Moslems in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales) and another on Dante (Dante and the Orient). Schildgen is the recipient of numerous fellowships including NEH, PEW Foundation, and the National Humanities and is presently writing a book on European iconoclastic outbreaks and preservation movements entitled Heritage or Heresy: Destruction and Preservation of Cultural Legacy. Gang Zhou received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Davis in 2003. She taught at UC Davis, George Mason University and is presently an Assistant Professor of Chinese at the Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge. Her recent essay "The Chinese Renaissance: A Transcultural Reading" appeared in PMLA. Currently she is at work on a larger project concerning diglossia and world literature. Sander L. Gilman is Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences at Emory University as of 2005. A cultural and literary historian, he is the author or editor of over seventy books. His biography of Franz Kafka appeared in 2005; his most recent edited volume Body and Mind in the History of Psychiatry appeared in 2006. He is the author of the basic study of the visual stereotyping of the mentally ill, Seeing the Insane, published in 1982 (reprinted: 1996) as well as the standard study of Jewish Self-Hatred, published in 1986.

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Table of Contents

Preface—Giuseppe Mazzotta
• Introduction—Gang Zhou
• Suppressed Renaissance: Q: When Is a Renaissance Not a Renaissance? A: When It Is the Ottoman Renaissance!—Walter Andrews
• The People's Entertainments: Translation, Popular Fiction and the Nahdah in Egypt—Samah Selim
• Looking Forward to the Past: Nahda, Revolution and the Beginnings of the Ba'th in Iraq—Orit Bashkin
• Cultural Renaissance Preceded the National Renaissance—Moshe Pelli
• The Chinese Renaissance: a Transcultural Reading—Gang Zhou
• Sri Aurobindo: Renaissance in India and the Italian Renaissance—Brenda Deen Schildgen
• Irish Renaissance—Kathleen Heininge
• The Long Maori Renaissance—Mark Williams
• Globalizing the Harlem Renaissance: Irish, Mexican, and 'Negro' Renaissances in the Survey and Survey Graphic—Robert Johnson
• Two Chicago Renaissances with Harlem between Them—Lisa Woolley
• Professing the Renaissance during the Cold War: Some Observations on the Creation of the Renaissance in the United States—Jane Newman
• Epilogue—Sander Gilman

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