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

By Ali Behdad, Dominic Thomas (editors)

A better half to Comparative Literature provides a suite of greater than thirty unique essays from validated and rising students, which discover the background, present nation, and way forward for comparative literature.Features over thirty unique essays from major overseas participants offers a serious evaluation of the prestige of literary and cross-cultural inquiry Addresses the heritage, present country, and way forward for comparative literature Chapters deal with such subject matters because the dating among translation and transnationalism, literary concept 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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Princeton: Princeton University Press. Auerbach, Erich. (1969). Philology and Weltliteratur. (Maire Said and Edward W. ). 1, 1–17. Auerbach, Erich. (1973). (Original work published, 1959). Scenes from the Drama of European Literature: Six Essays. (1973). ). Gloucester, Massachusetts: Peter Smith. Badiou, Alain. (2003). Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism. ). Stanford: Stanford University Press. Bernheimer, Charles, ed. (1995). Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

As Natalie Melas has recalled for us, Lane Cooper pointed out this confusion between method and object in the 1920s and suggested resolving this question by adopting the name Comparative Study of Literature (Melas, 2007: p. 1; Cooper, 1942: p. ) but rather, his remarks locate a methodological basis for this field in the task of comparing. It is this task that Comparative Literature can offer for reflection in a moment that invites the Why Compare? ” A question whose answer is not an invitation to endless analogy nor is it the occasion for the bemused answer that comparatists don’t really compare anymore (to be bemused here is to confuse specific acts of comparison belonging to a particular time in the history of Comparative Literature with a task whose significance is more general than this field).

For Wellek, crisis is seemingly dissolved in a definitional openness about Comparative Literature but this openness is what came back to haunt both Comparative Literature and the humanities as a limit. This is not the kind of limit commonly associated with the material emphasized by this or that field of study (such as literature for literary study, and so on). It is a limit produced by a lack of definition about what constitutes and drives Comparative Literature as a field of critical inquiry.

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