A Companion to Comparative Literature (Blackwell Companions by Ali Behdad, Dominic Thomas (editors)

By Ali Behdad, Dominic Thomas (editors)

A significant other to Comparative Literature provides a suite of greater than thirty unique essays from verified and rising students, which discover the historical past, present country, and way forward for comparative literature.Features over thirty unique essays from top foreign participants offers a serious evaluation of the prestige of literary and cross-cultural inquiry Addresses the background, present country, and way forward for comparative literature Chapters deal with such issues 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 reports, and different experimental methods to literature and tradition

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This is the question already posed by the history of Comparative Literature’s displacement into a series of contexts as it is swallowed up by a desire to transcend its peculiar relation to discipline and field, a relation that has now passed institutionally to the rise of interdisciplinary centers. If these centers are to avoid the rehearsal of crisis as a means of sustaining their futures, then they must also avoid becoming sites for the endless rearrangement or reflection of perceived and imagined contexts.

And, in a discipline that is explicitly committed to translingualism and translation, how could the principle of tolerance help us rethink the tendency to fetishize and privilege linguistic nativism, wherein native speakers’ linguistic abilities and skills tend to be presumed to be naturally superior to those of non-native speakers? Discourse networks How to continue studying literature when it has become entirely possible, and for some logical, to view literature as one type of discourse in a generative network of discourses?

Significance is then invested in what exists in the world. Aristotle, however, also extends this significance to what is comparable to what exists in the world. With this step Aristotle breaks with the Platonic understanding of comparison rooted in what is truly real, namely, the ideal. To do so, Aristotle introduces two levels of comparison: one that is closed and one that is open. The first, the historical one, is closed because it is limited to what already exists. The second remains open since it is defined in terms of possibility: it is what could have already existed.

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