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Where is world literature?
Where is world literature?

Author(s): Galin Tihanov
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Aesthetics, Political Philosophy, Philology, Theory of Literature
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: world literature;self-reflexivity;novel;meta-reflexion

Summary/Abstract: This article reflects upon world literature as a socio-cultural construct behind which one can discern particular historical dynamics and tensions. The first part seeks to locate the Anglo-Saxon discourse of world literature vis-à-vis three major reference points: time, space, and language. This chronotopic interrogation allows me to identify focal points of dissent from the currently prevalent liberal mobilisations of 'world literature'. The second part of the article is attempts to locate world literature on the level of literature's self-reflexivity. This is a specific meta-location of world literature which I examine through close attention to a 1930s novel. This enables me to think about dissent as a meta-reflexive position, from which literature itself skeptically relates to the notion of 'world literature'.

  • Issue Year: LX/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 3-19
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English