Forget English!: Orientalisms and World Literatures

Forget English!: Orientalisms and World Literatures

by Aamir R. Mufti


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Forget English!: Orientalisms and World Literatures by Aamir R. Mufti

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year

The idea of world literature has garnered much attention recently as a discipline that promises to move humanistic study beyond postcolonial theory and antiquated paradigms of “national” literary traditions. In Forget English! Aamir Mufti scrutinizes the claims made on behalf of world literature by its advocates. The notion of a borderless, egalitarian global literature has obvious appeal, he notes, but behind it lurks the continuing dominance of English as a literary language and a cultural system of international reach.

“Mufti’s historical perspective and insightful analyses of India’s anglophone novel generate constant echoes with the realities of anglophone writings in other cultures.”
—Eva Shan Chou, Times Higher Education

“Mufti’s book is in one sense a quarrel with Salman Rushdie’s overly enthusiastic celebration of English-language ‘postcolonial’ South Asian literature, but more important, the book extends, qualifies, and enriches Edward Said’s work on Orientalism, demonstrating that despite its promise, world literature does not eliminate the dominant role of the Anglophone book market in shaping South Asian literature…Mufti’s book is both accessible and theoretically informed.”
—K. Tölölyan, Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674986893
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 08/20/2018
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Aamir R. Mufti is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Prologue: The Universal Library of World Literature 1

1 Where in the World Is World Literature? 56

2 Orientalism and the Institution of Indian Literature 99

3 Global English and Its Others 146

4 "Our Philological Home Is the Earth": World Literature from Auerbach to Said 203

Epilogue: "For a Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing" 243

Notes 255

Acknowledgments 279

Index 285

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