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Modern Language Quarterly (2010) 71 (1): 1–14.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Wang Ning Although the term world literature encompasses texts composed in multiple languages, translation makes possible a body of literature from many linguistic and cultural backgrounds that circulates in international critical discourse and is broadly recognized as world literature. Thus the...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2007) 68 (2): 195–219.
Published: 01 June 2007
...David Damrosch University of Washington 2007 David Damrosch is professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University and is a past president of the American Comparative Literature Association. His books include What Is World Literature? (2003) and The Buried Book: The...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (4): 403–425.
Published: 01 December 2019
...Katerina Clark Abstract A major lacuna in Pascale Casanova’s account of world literature in her World Republic of Letters is the Soviet venture into establishing a “world literature” ( mirovaia literatura ) to be centered not in Paris but in Moscow. This aim was most actively pursued between the...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (4): 441–464.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Eleni Coundouriotis Abstract The African novel has had an uneasy relationship with world literature, but a way to locate the historical novel in world literature lies in the emphatic turn of African fiction to the historical novel. Positing a temporality of a decolonization not yet achieved, the...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (2): 141–149.
Published: 01 June 2013
...Caroline Levine; B. Venkat Mani Caroline Levine is professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an editor of the newly revised Norton Anthology of World Literature (2012) and author of two books: The Serious Pleasures of Suspense: Victorian Realism and Narrative...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (2): 151–170.
Published: 01 June 2013
...David Damrosch This essay considers the shifting valences of “world” and “literature” in the American academic context of the past half century. The first part of the essay, which takes up the debates during the 1950s and 1960s on the teaching of world literature in translation, looks particularly...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (2): 217–237.
Published: 01 June 2013
...Caroline Levine Many scholars have embraced world literature as a project to understand literature’s role in a large-scale story of global inequality. Yet critics have paid remarkably little attention to one of the most unevenly distributed of the world’s resources: literacy itself. For most of...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (2): 239–260.
Published: 01 June 2013
...B. Venkat Mani This essay addresses a major gap in the recent scholarship on world literature: the neglect of libraries and print cultural institutions to determine world-literary circulation and reception. Mani makes a case for the dual role of libraries as instrumental to and as instruments of...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (2): 277–292.
Published: 01 June 2013
...Paulo de Medeiros World literature can be seen as one of Friedrich Nietzsche’s “good things,” a great idealization of the capacities of the human spirit and at the same time a fierce contest for power and dominance. In this contest the question of minor literature invariably surfaces in relation to...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (2): 293–306.
Published: 01 June 2013
...Djelal Kadir This essay explores three aspects of the phenomenon of world literature in its resurgence in critical discourse: (1) world literature as allophone, or as heteroglossic alterity emanating from discrete geographic points with particular and would-be exclusive traditions; (2) world...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (3): 305–331.
Published: 01 September 2015
... color world literature by crafting a transnational literary canon grounded in the idea of colored solidarity and explicitly opposed to racism and imperialism. His commitment to colored cosmopolitanism led him, however, to a stale ventriloquism that was itself a form of colonization. Claiming dominion...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (3): 345–367.
Published: 01 September 2016
... quantitatively scaled-up approach, rather than reinforcing an image of global textual flows as singular and monolithic, illuminates world literature as a system constituted by patterns of divergence in structure and of difference in sameness. References Bourdieu Pierre . 1996 . The Rules of Art...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1950) 11 (4): 512–513.
Published: 01 December 1950
... and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1949. Pp. xiv + 206. $4.00. New World Literature: Tradition and Revolt in Latin America. By ARTURO TORRES-RIOSECO.Berkeley and Los Angeles : University of California Press, 1949. Pp. v + 250. $3.75. Rub& Dario : Antologia Poe‘tica...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (2): 197–215.
Published: 01 June 2013
...Azade Seyhan This essay investigates what differentiates the idea and practice of world literature(s) from those of national literatures, exile literature, and transnational or cosmopolitan literature. It identifies provincialism, Europolitanism, and the separation of literature and history as the...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (2): 129–161.
Published: 01 June 2011
...Eric Hayot Is it possible to come up with a better theory of the world than the ones governing contemporary debates on world literature and world-systems, to invent one more closely connected to the literary itself? This essay rethinks the relationship between “world” and literature, not to produce...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (2): 143–173.
Published: 01 June 2016
...Ottmar Ette Abstract As the world cannot be adequately understood from the vantage point of a single language, the literatures of the world can no longer be trimmed to a single world literature in the Goethean sense. This recognition bodes well for the future of philology and of literary production...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (2): 171–195.
Published: 01 June 2013
...Rebecca L. Walkowitz Walkowitz argues in this essay that we need to understand more flexibly both the production and the circulation of world literature, inasmuch as some literary works begin comparatively and collaboratively, in multiple language editions and in several geographies at once or...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (1): 75–105.
Published: 01 March 2011
...Christopher L. Hill In the decades following the publication of Emile Zola's novel Nana (1880), “Nana figures” resembling Zola's heroine appeared in fiction around the world. The history of the Nana figure contradicts current models for the study of world literature, based on the diffusion of forms...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (2): 261–276.
Published: 01 June 2013
...Peter Höyng In Beethoven’s last symphony one encounters a prototype in which music serves as a powerful catalyst for literature. It is his music that transported Schiller’s poem “An die Freude” (“Ode to Joy”) beyond its temporal, linguistic, and geographic origin. If one dubs this phenomenon “world...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (3): 249–267.
Published: 01 September 2018
... reflect on the legacy of Maoism. Inspired by these theorists, this article puts forward a theoretical construction of world poetics that is not founded merely on Western or Eastern literature, and is not simply Eastern and Western literary poetics put together, but offers a new theory, based on...