Contextualizing World Literature by Jean BessièreContextualizing World Literature by Jean Bessière

Contextualizing World Literature

EditorJean Bessière, Gerald Gillespie

Paperback | August 11, 2015

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This book revisits the notion of World Literature and its applications in Comparative Literature. It suggests the notion not as a means to sift out international paradigms for reading literatures, but as a set of guidelines for the construction of interlocking and/or reciprocally illuminating multilingual literary clusters. These ensembles are of very diverse shapes: the world, a region, a country, a language block, a network of cross-cultural «interferences» – while the so-called minor literatures invite to question the use of these ensembles. Within this frame, fourteen essays respond to the basic paradox of World Literature: how may specific methodological and critical outlooks allow expression of the universal? The answers to this question can be arranged in three groups: 1. Recognition of the need to break loose from European or Western critical perspectives; 2. Presentation of macro- and microcosmic dimensions connectedness and its processes; 3. Definitions of the methodological efforts and hermeneutic orientations to be applied.
Jean Bessière is a Professor emeritus in Comparative Literature at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. He was the ICLA President from 1997 to 2000. He extensively lectured abroad. He coedited two ICLA books (Théorie littéraire: Problèmes et perspectives; Histoire des poétiques) and recently published Le Roman ou la problématicité du mond...
Title:Contextualizing World LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.66 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:August 11, 2015Publisher:P.I.E-Peter Lang S.A., Éditions Scientifiques InternationalesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:2875742833

ISBN - 13:9782875742834


Table of Contents

Contents: Lisa Block de Behar : Henry James à la quête des universaux – Ipshita Chanda: «World Literature»: A View from Outside the Window – Dorothy Figueira: «Salut au Monde»: The World as Envisioned by World Literature – Eva Kushner: A Moving Target… – Haun Saussy: By Land or Sea: Models of World Literature – Manfred Schmeling : De la Weltliteratur en temps de guerre et de crise : Romain Rolland et Thomas Mann, un maillage international – Maria Alzira Seixo : L’effet-monde et le particulier littéraire – Steven Sondrup: Goethe, China, and World Literature – Monica Spiridon: The Well-Tempered Relativism, Or How to Compare the Incomparable – Micéala Symington: World Literature and Minor Literatures – Mario J. Valdés: Translation and Comparative Literature – Hein Viljoen: Caught in Complex Webs: World Literature - a South African Perspective.