Examining changes in the study of the novel since Novel began publication in 1967, this essay focuses on the current importance of world literature as a topic for debate and exploration and suggests that complex relationships with the study of postcolonial literature have helped to bring this about, paying special attention to works by Edward W. Said, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Fredric Jameson, and Aijaz Ahmad.
Getting to World Literature
jonathan arac is Mellon Professor of English and founding director of the Humanities Center at the University of Pittsburgh. His most recent book is Impure Worlds: The Institution of Literature in the Age of the Novel (2011). Since 1979 he has helped edit boundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture; from 2002 until 2012 he chaired the Advisory Committee for the Successful Societies Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research; and during the past two years he has served as president of the Society for Novel Studies.
Jonathan Arac; Getting to World Literature. Novel 1 November 2017; 50 (3): 329–337. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00295132-4194904
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