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 offers a set of greater than thirty unique essays from proven and rising students, which discover the historical past, present kingdom, and way forward for comparative literature.Features over thirty unique essays from top overseas members presents a severe evaluation of the prestige of literary and cross-cultural inquiry Addresses the historical past, present kingdom, and way forward for comparative literature Chapters handle such themes because the dating 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 ways to literature and tradition

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E. 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.

Xx-xxii). 7 Auerbach was candid about his choices of texts: “the great majority of the texts were chosen at random, on the basis of accidental acquaintance and personal preference rather than in view of a definite purpose. Studies of this kind do not deal with laws but with trends and tendencies, which cross and complement one another in the most varied ways” (Auerbach, 2003: p. 556). In response to the question about his book’s relation to German literature, he wrote: “The preponderance of Romance material in Mimesis is to be explained not only because of the fact that I am a Romanist, but rather above all because in most periods the Romance literatures are more representative of Europe than are, for example, the German” (Auerbach, 2003: p.

If Auerbach’s story of literature can be understood as the forerunner of the situation in which comparative literature finds itself today – a loose discourse network sprouting from an incessant proliferation, intermingling, and hybridization of subjects – his A Discipline of Tolerance 25 remarks just cited above also bring home the kinship between the democratizing impulse and an older human condition, hatred. That kinship would be a good way of explaining why literature, understood in the broad modern sense of fictional composition, continues to be relevant in one significant sense.

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