The World Republic of Letters

The World Republic of Letters

by Pascale Casanova
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674010213

ISBN-13: 9780674010215

Pub. Date: 04/15/2007

Publisher: Harvard

The "world of letters" has always seemed a matter more of metaphor than of global reality. In this book, Pascale Casanova shows us the state of world literature behind the stylistic refinements--a world of letters relatively independent from economic and political realms, and in which language systems, aesthetic orders, and genres struggle for dominance. Rejecting

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The "world of letters" has always seemed a matter more of metaphor than of global reality. In this book, Pascale Casanova shows us the state of world literature behind the stylistic refinements--a world of letters relatively independent from economic and political realms, and in which language systems, aesthetic orders, and genres struggle for dominance. Rejecting facile talk of globalization, with its suggestion of a happy literary "melting pot," Casanova exposes an emerging regime of inequality in the world of letters, where minor languages and literatures are subject to the invisible but implacable violence of their dominant counterparts.

Inspired by the writings of Fernand Braudel and Pierre Bourdieu, this ambitious book develops the first systematic model for understanding the production, circulation, and valuing of literature worldwide. Casanova proposes a baseline from which we might measure the newness and modernity of the world of letters--the literary equivalent of the meridian at Greenwich. She argues for the importance of literary capital and its role in giving value and legitimacy to nations in their incessant struggle for international power. Within her overarching theory, Casanova locates three main periods in the genesis of world literature--Latin, French, and German--and closely examines three towering figures in the world republic of letters--Kafka, Joyce, and Faulkner. Her work provides a rich and surprising view of the political struggles of our modern world--one framed by sites of publication, circulation, translation, and efforts at literary annexation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674010215
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/15/2007
Series:
Convergences: Inventories of the Present Series, #1
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
1,265,655
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the figure in the carpet1
1Principles of a world history of literature9
2The invention of literature45
3World literary space82
4The fabric of the universal126
5From internationalism to globalization164
6The small literatures175
7The assimilated205
8The rebels220
9The tragedy of translated men254
10The Irish paradigm303
11The revolutionaries324
Conclusion : the world and the literary trousers348

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