A Companion to Comparative Literature (Blackwell Companions by Ali Behdad, Dominic Thomas (editors)

By Ali Behdad, Dominic Thomas (editors)

A spouse to Comparative Literature offers a suite of greater than thirty unique essays from verified and rising students, which discover the historical past, present country, and way forward for comparative literature.Features over thirty unique essays from prime foreign participants offers a serious overview of the prestige of literary and cross-cultural inquiry Addresses the heritage, present country, and way forward for comparative literature Chapters tackle such subject matters because the courting among translation and transnationalism, literary thought and rising media, the way forward for nationwide literatures in an period of globalization, gender and cultural formation throughout time, East-West cultural encounters, postcolonial and diaspora stories, and different experimental methods to literature and tradition

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In comparative literature’s increasingly democratized setting, a setting aptly dramatized by the list of possible conference paper topics to which I alluded, what kind of subject is being summoned into being? – a subject whose humanity is reconstituted by civility, the ability to coexist peacefully with others across classes, cultures, and languages; in sum, a tolerant subject. The place occupied by Auerbach around 2011, the time of the present chapter, is thus quite thought-provoking. When poststructuralism emerged on the scene during the 1960s to the 1980s, the universalist humanism espoused by Auerbach’s literary vision seemed to have gone out of fashion.

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. (2003). Death of a Discipline. New York: Columbia University Press. Žižek, Slavoj. (2003). The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity. Cambridge: MIT Press. Žižek, Slavoj. (1999). The Ticklish Subject: The Absent Centre of Political Ontology. New York: Verso. 2 Why Compare? ) ten year reports on the discipline, I addressed the nature of this Association’s recurring series of reports as embodying a logic of indiscipline that afflicts not only this field of study but also, more generally, the humanities (Ferris).

2 Why Compare? ) ten year reports on the discipline, I addressed the nature of this Association’s recurring series of reports as embodying a logic of indiscipline that afflicts not only this field of study but also, more generally, the humanities (Ferris). I fully intended not to return to the subject since it seemed to me then that this logic had become so entrenched that Comparative Literature was no longer capable of discerning the questions posed by its critical practice. ’s habit of examining the state of “discipline” could only repeat the same result like a most forlorn Odysseus destined to embark every ten years or so on a new adventure to burn some other Troy into the past one more time.

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