The Novel and the Globalization of Culture: Novel & Globalization Of Cultu by Michael Valdez Moses

The Novel and the Globalization of Culture: Novel & Globalization Of Cultu

byMichael Valdez Moses

Paperback | January 1, 1995

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Bringing together canonical European authors with authors from the Third World, this book analyzes the emergence of the modern global novel, and the way it mirrors the underlying process of cultural globalization. Through detailed readings of Stendhal, Hardy, Conrad, Achebe, and Vargas Llosa,this study reveals how the spread of Western modernity--materially and culturally--has been shadowed by the destruction of traditional societies. These novels focus on the individual tragedies of those who represent pre-modern ways of life; in the process, offering a corrective to Hegel's abstrusephilosophy of history. From rural Victorian England to the Malay Archipelago, and from the Igbo heartland in Africa to the backlands of Brazil, a global narrative unfolds, one where the forces of modernization clash with the defenders of traditional society. Moses contributes to the ongoing debateon Alexandre Kojeve and the "end of history", while, at the same time, moving beyond sterile oppositions--canonical versus non-canonical works, formal literary criticism versus political/historical critique. With its new conceptualization of modernity and globalization, this book will interest theliterary scholar, cultural critic, social scientist, and political theorist.

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Michael Valdez Moses is at Duke University.

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Title:The Novel and the Globalization of Culture: Novel & Globalization Of CultuFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.15 × 5.51 × 0.71 inPublished:January 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195089529

ISBN - 13:9780195089523

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"The Novel and the Globalization of Culture is that most unusual of books: one that tells us as much about where we are going as where we have been....[Moses'] conclusions are...fully earned, emerging at the end of a long and rigorous search that acknowledges the irreducible complexity of theissues under examination. The final result is a work of literary criticism that is in every way worthy of its large and impressive subject."--CLIO