Against World Literature

Against World Literature

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Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability argues for a rethinking of comparative literature focusing on the problems that emerge when large-scale paradigms of literary studies ignore the politics of the a€œUntranslatablea€a€”the realm of those words that are continually retranslated, mistranslated, transferred from language to language, or especially resistant to substitution. In the place of a€œWorld Literaturea€a€”a dominant paradigm in the humanities, one grounded in market-driven notions of readability and universal appeala€”Apter proposes a plurality of a€œworld literaturesa€ oriented around philosophical concepts and geopolitical pressure points. The history and theory of the language that constructs World Literature is critically examined with a special focus on Weltliteratur, literary world systems, narrative ecosystems, language borders and checkpoints, theologies of translation, and planetary devolution in a book set to revolutionize the discipline of comparative literature. From the Trade Paperback edition.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Title:Against World Literature
Author:Emily Apter
Publisher:Verso Books - 2014-06-17


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