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By Ali Behdad, Dominic Thomas (editors)

A spouse to Comparative Literature provides a suite of greater than thirty unique essays from verified and rising students, which discover the heritage, present kingdom, and way forward for comparative literature.Features over thirty unique essays from prime foreign individuals presents a serious evaluate of the prestige of literary and cross-cultural inquiry Addresses the background, present nation, and way forward for comparative literature Chapters handle such issues because the courting 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 techniques to literature and tradition

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6; my emphasis) In so far as the spotlight remains on Auerbach himself as the tragic hero, Said is quite right to conclude that Mimesis is not only “a massive reaffirmation of the Western cultural tradition,” as it has often been assumed to be, but also: a work built upon a critically important alienation from it, a work whose conditions and circumstances of existence are not immediately derived from the culture it describes with such extraordinary insight and brilliance but built rather on an agonizing distance from it.

This is followed, in tandem with Western consciousness-raising as spurred by US civil rights movements and other historical events of decolonization, by the relativization of subjects, identities, nations, cultures, and lifestyles. Ironically, this momentum of relativization also – inevitably perhaps – prompted the interrogation of the Eurocentrism of poststructuralist theory itself and its anti-humanistic modes of critique, together with an increasingly liberalized approach to academic study, in particular in the humanities.

This double aspect and its relation to the current situation of the humanities, their sense of crisis and loss of value, is what underpins this return to the question of Comparative Literature’s indiscipline. The relation between this indiscipline and the current sense of crisis in the humanities is the subject of this chapter. This crisis will be examined as the effect of the comparative project so singularly embodied by Comparative Literature, a project that simultaneously demands and denies that the humanities have, either collectively or alone, their own proper object of study.

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