In recent years, the field of comparative literature has seen the emergence of a new organizing rubric for studying disparate literary cultures: world literature, which competed with postcolonial literature to bring non-European literary cultures to critical attention. Arguing that European culture initiates literary trends, which literatures from other parts of the world imitate and emulate, constituting, in this respect, something equivalent to the periphery in world-systems theory, this model has attracted the ire of postcolonial scholars. They see it reinstating a neo-imperialist dynamic in the relation between Europe and the world. Aamir Mufti's Forget English! is part of a new series of works that originate within postcolonial literary studies to challenge the claims of those who promote the concept of world literature. Mufti views world literature as “function[ing] as a border regime, a system for the regulation of movement, rather...
World Literature and Its Discontents
krupa shandilya is assistant professor of sexuality, women's and gender studies at Amherst College. She is the author of Intimate Relations: Social Reform and the Late Nineteenth Century South Asian Novel (2017).
Krupa Shandilya; World Literature and Its Discontents. Novel 1 August 2017; 50 (2): 288–290. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00295132-4150344
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