A Companion to Comparative Literature by Ali Behdad, Dominic Thomas

By Ali Behdad, Dominic Thomas

A significant other to Comparative Literature offers a set of greater than thirty unique essays from confirmed and rising students, which discover the historical past, present kingdom, and way forward for comparative literature.
• beneficial properties over thirty unique essays from prime overseas individuals
• presents a severe evaluation of the prestige of literary and cross-cultural inquiry
• Addresses the historical past, present nation, and way forward for comparative literature
• Chapters tackle such subject matters because the courting among translation and transnationalism, literary thought and rising media, the way forward for nationwide literatures in an period of globalization, gender and cultural formation throughout time, East-West cultural encounters, postcolonial and diaspora stories, and different experimental techniques to literature and tradition.

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Questions regarding linguistic multiplicity Whose relation to languages (native and foreign) should determine how linguistic multiplicity is defined? As the knowledge of different languages is so obviously valuable, it is easy to forget that language is not necessarily a countable unit and that plurality resides within single languages as well as among different, enumerable national languages. For comparativists, the question posed by tolerance is perhaps not so much the additional languages that should be learned (since that is a disciplinary given) as it is the condition of monolingualism: how are we to include, rather than exclude, monolingualism within the comparative study of literature?

For Comparative Literature, did Europe, multiculturalism, the globe provide no more than images for the auratic self-reception of this field? Why, within this field, has the politics of this mode of reception never been raised but always displaced by reference to the identities involved? The displacement of value into the object examined is more easily sustained in the case of those fields of study whose title actually names an object to which a classified body of material responds, such as English Literature, History, and so on.

7 Or should it be understood as the limit to the secularist, modern Western ethics of tolerance, an ethics that aspires toward redeeming all of humanity and that nonetheless, perhaps because of the acquiescence to exclusionism that constitutes its fundamental approach to alterity, must in the end ban/bar some from entry? This “tragically flawed” alienation – in the literal sense of rendering alien – of some peoples and cultures from Auerbach’s monumental literary history resonates a bit too well with the anguish Auerbach expresses in the 1952 essay “Philology and Weltliteratur” at the superabundance of non-European literatures and languages emerging on the modern historical stage.

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