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What Is a World?: On Postcolonial Literature as World Literature

Pheng Cheah
Pheng Cheah

Pheng Cheah is Professor of Rhetoric and Chair of the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Inhuman Conditions: On Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights and Spectral Nationality: Passages of Freedom from Kant to Postcolonial Literatures of Liberation.


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The World According to Hegel: Culture and Power in World History

January 2016

This chapter examines the spiritualist conception of world in Hegel’s philosophy of world history. It explores how Hegel foregrounds the reality of violence in his optic of world history, the important role of culture in the justification of violence in relations between states, and how this account of cultural capital is superior to the account of world literature as a struggle over literary values.

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