Recoding World Literature: Libraries, Print Culture, and Germany's Pact with Books by B. Venkat ManiRecoding World Literature: Libraries, Print Culture, and Germany's Pact with Books by B. Venkat Mani

Recoding World Literature: Libraries, Print Culture, and Germany's Pact with Books

byB. Venkat Mani

Paperback | December 1, 2016

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From the current vantage point of the transformation of books and libraries, B. Venkat Mani presents a historical account of world literature. By locating translation, publication, and circulation along routes of "bibliomigrancy"-the physical and virtual movement of books-Mani narrates how world literature is coded and recoded as literary works find new homes on faraway bookshelves.

Mani argues that the proliferation of world literature in a society is the function of a nation's relationship with print culture-a Faustian pact with books. Moving from early Orientalist collections, to the Nazi magazine Weltliteratur, to the European Digital Library, Mani reveals the political foundations for a history of world literature that is at once a philosophical ideal, a process of exchange, a mode of reading, and a system of classification.

Shifting current scholarship's focus from the academic to the general reader, from the university to the public sphere, Recoding World Literature argues that world literature is culturally determined, historically conditioned, and politically charged.

B. Venkat Mani is Professor of German at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is also affiliated with the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture and the Institute for Regional and International Studies.
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Title:Recoding World Literature: Libraries, Print Culture, and Germany's Pact with BooksFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.01 inPublished:December 1, 2016Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823273415

ISBN - 13:9780823273416

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[O]ne of the key achievements of Recoding World Literature [is] to have demonstrated how national debates, politics, and institutions shape world literature, both as an idea and as a practice. [...] Mani's methodological reorientation toward publics that are organized around books and libraries enables him to chart new empirical territory for world literature studies.