World Writing: Poetics, Ethics, Globalization / Edition 1

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Much has been said about the relationship between globalization and culture and the political implications of that relationship. There has been little effort made, however, to investigate the effect of globalization on poetics or on the ethical moment of literature. World Writing is therefore concerned with studying the intersection of contemporary ethics, poetics, and globalization through historical and critical readings of writing from various parts of the world.

Following an introductory chapter by Mary Gallagher, which maps this conceptual terrain, the contributors investigate how globalization inflects the necessary relationship between poetics, culture, ethics, and politics. Among the essays are Celia Britton's reading of Édouard Glissant on languages in the globalized world; Mary Gallagher's comparison of Glissant's poetics of cultural diversity with the ethics of Emmanuel Levinas; David Palumbo-Liu's exploration of the ethics of postcolonial fiction in J.M. Coetzee's work; Mary Louise Pratt's critique, based on recent Latin American writing, of the prematurely celebratory nature of globalization; and Julia Kristeva's argument for the value of poetics and the ethics of hospitality. What emerges is an intricate discussion of the elusive relationship between the realms of ethics, poetics, and politics as they intersect in our changing world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802095169
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Series: Cultural Spaces Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Gallagher is an associate professor of French and Francophone Studies at University College Dublin.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Editor's Note     ix
Poetics, Ethics, and Globalization   Mary Gallagher     3
Transnational Languages in Glissant's 'Tout-monde'   Celia Britton     62
Relating (in Theory) in a Globalized World: Between Levinas's Ethics and Glissant's Poetics   Mary Gallagher     86
French Theory   Julia Kristeva     122
Redrawing the Hexagon: The Space of Culture in Malraux and Blanchot   Douglas Smith     138
Not Your Uncle: Text, Sex, and the Globalized Moroccan Author   Richard Serrano     167
Rationality, Realism, and the Poet(h)ic Problem of Otherness: J.M. Coetzee's Elizabeth Costello   David Palumbo-Liu     190
Planetary Longings: Sitting in the Light of the Great Solar TV   Mary Louise Pratt     207
Reframing Global/Local Poetics in the Post-imperial Pacific: Meditations on 'Displacement,' Indigeneity, and the Misrecognitions of US Area Studies   Rob Wilson     224
Bibliography     247
Notes on Contributors     261
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