By Ali Behdad, Dominic Thomas (editors)

ISBN-10: 1405198796

ISBN-13: 9781405198790

A significant other to Comparative Literature provides a suite of greater than thirty unique essays from confirmed and rising students, which discover the historical past, present country, and way forward for comparative literature.Features over thirty unique essays from prime overseas participants offers a serious review of the prestige of literary and cross-cultural inquiry Addresses the historical past, present kingdom, and way forward for comparative literature Chapters handle such subject matters because the dating among translation and transnationalism, literary idea 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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1). The terms of this confusion are complex since both the method as well as this extension draw upon the world for their significance. Accordingly, it needs to be clarified how comparison arises in a relation to the world that is different from its conceptualization as the world – precisely now that Comparative Literature and other fields are claiming global practices. The point at which this worldly task and the act of cultural interpretation first emerge in an unambiguously positive way can be discerned in a passage from Aristotle’s Poetics – the founding text of western poetics in the sense that it is the first text in this tradition that argues for the significance of the poetic in a world that exists or can exist.

But while Foucault’s reflections historicize the emergence of Man, a figure who, as he predicts at the end of his book, is about to fade like a face drawn in sand by the edge of the sea, many current discussions of comparative literature seem to head in a quite different direction. As the subject (matter) of comparative literature undergoes de-formation, a new type of subject formation seems simultaneously to be taking place, alongside a new type of agenda. 1 Whether or not we agree with Auerbach’s analyses, his book stands unparalleled in its range of erudition, attention to minutiae, and generosity of spirit.

But, is this questioning even possible now for the humanities? And, if not, what happens to Comparative Literature which has long thrived on this project that links theoretical doubt to cultural and critical significance? In this current climate, has the “crisis” of Comparative Literature now been revealed as only useful within this field? When generalized to the humanities, does this sense of recurrent crisis as the ground of self-definition expose the weakness that now makes Comparative Literature (as well as the humanities) become the opportunistic target of crises not of its own making?

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