The title of Gloria Fisk's monograph is somewhat deceptive. Seemingly a throwback to a fast-disappearing species of literary criticism—the single-author study—the book is not that at all. Taking Orhan Pamuk as an exemplary case study, Fisk brilliantly leapfrogs from there to raise broader questions on how the field of world literature is constituted in Euro-American academies and institutions; on what underpins our assumptions when reading literary works from different regions, especially those from the global South; and on the chasm between local and global forms of reception while reading international authors. Her monograph can be situated in a two decades-long conversation regarding the field and compass of world literature that has been shaped by a series of key texts, among them, Pascale Casanova's The World Republic of Letters (originally published in French in 1999 and translated into English in 2005); David Damrosch's What Is World Literature? (2004); Gayatri Spivak's Death...
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Book Review| May 01 2020
How to Be a Good Reader of World Literature
Orhan Pamuk and the Good of World Literature(
280pp., cloth, $60.00.
Novel (2020) 53 (1): 132–136.
Janice Ho; How to Be a Good Reader of World Literature. Novel 1 May 2020; 53 (1): 132–136. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00295132-8139447
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