From Comparison to World Literature

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SUNY Press, Nov 19, 2014 - Literary Criticism - 202 pages
Reintroduces the concept of world literature in a truly global context, transcending past Eurocentrism.

The study of world literature is on the rise. Until recently, the term world literature was a misnomer in comparative literature scholarship, which typically focused on Western literature in European languages. In an increasingly globalized era, this is beginning to change. In this collection of essays, Zhang Longxi discusses how we can transcend Eurocentrism or any other ethnocentrism and revisit the concept of world literature from a truly global perspective. Zhang considers literary works and critical insights from Chinese and other non-Western traditions, drawing on scholarship from a wide range of disciplines in the humanities, and integrating a variety of approaches and perspectives from both East and West. The rise of world literature emerges as an exciting new approach to literary studies as Zhang argues for the validity of cross-cultural understanding, particularly from the perspective of East-West comparative studies.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
On the Ethics and Politics of Comparison
11
Individual Cultural and CrossCultural
31
3 Difference or Affinity? A Methodological Issue in Comparative Studies
47
From a CrossCultural Perspective
57
On the Significance of Perspectives and Paradigms
71
Insights and Limitations of a Literary Perspective
87
Utopia and Its Discontents
103
8 Qian Zhongshu and World Literature
123
9 The Poetics of World Literature
155
10 The Changing Concept of World Literature
169
Bibliography
183
Index
193
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Zhang Longxi is Chair Professor of Comparative Literature and Translation at the City University of Hong Kong. He is the author of several books, including Unexpected Affinities: Reading across Cultures and Allegoresis: Reading Canonical Literature East and West.

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