Literary Activism: Perspectives by Amit ChaudhuriLiterary Activism: Perspectives by Amit Chaudhuri

Literary Activism: Perspectives

EditorAmit Chaudhuri

Hardcover | May 12, 2017

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Literary Activism - activism that revisits and interrogates an idea of literature - emerges from a radically altered landscape for both publishing and academia, where market pressures are effecting changes - on language, on the measuring of value, on the concept of influence - we mightstruggle to recognise. Taking in the roles of writer, critic, translator, academic, and publisher, the essays in this volume follow no single line of enquiry. Rather, they offer the beginnings of an analysis of the literary world at a certain moment of globalisation, while also questioning whether aliterary world exists and, if it does, where its boundaries lie. The collection moves in many directions - from Arun Kolatkar and his near-heroic refusal of both marketplace and reputation; to Derek Attridge, who argues for a form of affirmative criticism which positions the critic as a "lover of the text"; while, from Amsterdam, Dubravka Ugresi? reflects on lifein a literary "out of nation zone", adrift in a territory where intellectual protest has been stripped of ideological impetus and subsumed by the voraciousness of the market. Taken together, these essays initiate a series of conversations about who reads what and why, about the practice of writingand criticism at this particular contemporary moment, and about the activities and institutions that shape an understanding of what literature is and what it can do.
Amit Chaudhuri is the author of six novels, the latest of which is Odysseus Abroad. He is also a critic and a musician and composer. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Title:Literary Activism: PerspectivesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:May 12, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199474982

ISBN - 13:9780199474981