Contextualizing World Literature

August 11, 2015|
Contextualizing World Literature by Jean Bessière
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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...
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Title:Contextualizing World LiteratureFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:8.66 X 5.91 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:8.66 X 5.91 X 0.68 inPublished:August 11, 2015Publisher:P.I.E-Peter Lang S.A., Éditions Scientifiques InternationalesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:2875742833

ISBN - 13:9782875742834

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