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In a global age where people, goods and cultural products transcend the boundaries of geography and temporality as never before, it is only natural that literary and cultural studies turn their attention to Goethe's nineteenth-century notion of a Weltliteratur. Offering their own Twenty-First Century perspectives - across generations, nationalities and disciplines - the contributors to this anthology explore the idea of world literatue for what it may add of new connections and itineraries to the study of literature and culture today. Covering a vast historical material from witness accounts of the fall of Constantinople to Hari Kunzru's contemporary representations of multicultural London, these essays, by a diverse group of scholars, examine the pioneers of world literature (Juan Andres Morell, Goethe and Hugo Meltzl), and the roles played by translation, migration and literature institutions in the circulation and reception of both national and cosmopolitan literatures. They illustrate how literary analysis can be enriched by attention to the border-crossing itineraries followed by migrants, writers, publishers, translators and texts; thereby yielding new discoveries about writers and artists such as Catullus, Manuel Vicent, Jean-Luc Godard, Dubravka Ugresic, Derek Walcott, Cabral do Nascimento, Thomas Pynchon, Asger Jorn and Louis Paul Boon.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788779344082
  • Publisher: Aarhus University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2008
  • Pages: 283
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: World Literature and World Culture Karen-Margrethe Simonsen Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen 9


World Literature or Literature Around the World? Svend Erik Larsen 25

The Monstrosity of Literature: Hugo Meltzl's World Literature and its Legacies David Marno 37

The Past as a Forbidden Fruit: Nostalgia's Ethical and Universal Potential in tranvía a la malvarrosa by Manuel Vicent Fiona Schouten 51

Greco-Roman Classics, National Literatures and Literary History in the Later Eighteenth Century: The Model of Juan Andrés Tomás González Ahola 64


Writing Time, Writing Space Susan Bassnett 75

From Older Testimony to World Literature? A Greek, Ottoman and Russian report of the fall of Constantinople (1453) Michel De Dobbeleer 87

World Literature as Video: Literary Quotation in Jean-Luc Godard's Histoire(s) du Cinéma Miriam Heywood 100

The Periodical as a (Trans-)National Space: Nineteenth-Century Literary Periodicals in Belgium Karen Vandemeulebroucke 116


Minor Languages and World Literature: The Case of Dubravka Ugreši Dragana Obradovic 135

Translocal Noise: Complexity and the City in Hari Kunzru's Transmission Marie Lauritzen 149

"Across the Meridian, I try seeing the other side": Untranslatability and Creole Identity in Derek Walcott's Omeros Eleonora Ravizza 164

Cultural Archipelagos: Cabral do Nascimento and João Varela Ana Salgueiro Rodrigues 176


Canonization and World Literature: The Nobel Experience Horace Engdahl 195

The Practical Critics in World Literature Gesche Ipsen 215

The World in Double Vision: Negotiations of Literary Autonomy in the Age of Globalisation Mads Anders Baggesgaard 228

"His Face Towards Amsterdam, His Backside Facing Flanders": Louis Paul Boon as a Reference Point in the Repertoire of Dutch Literary Criticism Floor van Renssen 245

De/recentring of the Literary Universe: The Baroque Ellipse and the Geography of the Novel Reindert Dhondt 261


Stalingrad: Hermes in Aarhus 2007 Dragana Obradovic 275

Authors 281

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