World Literature in Theory provides a definitive exploration of the pressing questions facing those studying world literature today. * Coverage is split into four parts which examine the origins and seminal formulations of world literature, world literature in the age of globalization, contemporary debates on world literature, and localized versions of world literature * Contains more than 30 important theoretical essays by the most influential scholars, including Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Hugo Meltzl, Edward Said, Franco Moretti, Jorge Luis Borges, and Gayatri Spivak * Includes substantive introductions to each essay, as well as an annotated bibliography for further reading * Allows students to understand, articulate, and debate the most important issues in this rapidly changing field of study
David Damrosch is Professor and Department Chair of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He is the founding general editor of the six-volume Longman Anthology of World Literature (2004), the editor of Teaching World Literature (2009), and co-editor of the Princeton Sourcebook in Comparative Literature (2009). He is also the author of How to Read World Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008) and The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (2007). His current research projects include a book on the discipline of comparative literature and a book on the role of global scripts in the formation of national literatures. He is the founding director of the Institute for World Literature at Harvard University.
Introduction: World Literature in Theory and Practice 1 Part One: Origins 13 1 Conversations with Eckermann on Weltliteratur (1827) 15 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 2 The Emergence of Weltliteratur: Goethe and the Romantic School (2006) 22 John Pizer 3 Present Tasks of Comparative Literature (1877) 35 Hugo Meltzl 4 What Is World Literature? (1886) 42 Hutcheson Macaulay Posnett 5 World Literature (1907) 47 Rabindranath Tagore 6 A View on the Unification of Literature (1922) 58 Zheng Zhenduo Part Two: World Literature in the Age of Globalization 69 7 Reflections on Yiddish World Literature (1938 1939) 71 Melekh Ravitsh and Borekh Rivkin 8 Should We Rethink the Notion of World Literature? (1974) 85 Rene Etiemble 9 Constructing Comparables (2000) 99 Marcel Detienne 10 Traveling Theory (1982) 114 Edward W. Said 11 Toward World Literary Knowledges: Theory in the Age of Globalization (2010) 134 Revathi Krishnaswamy 12 Conjectures on World Literature (2000) and More Conjectures (2003) 159 Franco Moretti 13 World Literature without a Hyphen: Towards a Typology of Literary Systems (2008) 180 Alexander Beecroft 14 Literature as a World (2005) 192 Pascale Casanova 15 Globalization and Cultural Diversity in the Book Market: The Case of Literary Translations in the US and in France (2010) 209 Gisele Sapiro 16 From Cultural Turn to Translational Turn: A Transnational Journey (2011) 234 Susan Bassnett Part Three: Debating World Literature 247 17 Stepping Forward and Back: Issues and Possibilities for World Poetry (2004) 249 Stephen Owen 18 To World, to Globalize: World Literature s Crossroads (2004) 264 Djelal Kadir 19 For a World-Literature in French (2007) 271 Michel Le Bris et al. 20 For a Living and Popular Francophonie (2007) 276 Nicolas Sarkozy 21 Francophonie and Universality: The Ideological Challenges of Litterature-monde (2009) 279 Jacqueline Dutton 22 Universalisms and Francophonies (2009) 293 Francoise Lionnet 23 Orientalism and the Institution of World Literatures (2010) 313 Aamir R. Mufti 24 Against World Literature (2013) 345 Emily Apter 25 Comparative Literature/World Literature: A Discussion (2011) 363 Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and David Damrosch Part Four: World Literature in the World 389 26 The Argentine Writer and Tradition (1943) 391 Jorge Luis Borges 27 Cultures and Contexts (2001) 398 Tania Franco Carvalhal 28 An Idea of Literature: South Africa, India, the West (2001) 405 Michael Chapman 29 The Deterritorialization of American Literature (2007) 416 Paul Giles 30 Islamic Literary Networks in South and Southeast Asia (2010) 437 Ronit Ricci 31 Rethinking the World in World Literature: East Asia and Literary Contact Nebulae (2009) 460 Karen Laura Thornber 32 Global Cinema, World Cinema (2010) 480 Denilson Lopes 33 The Strategy of Digital Modernism: Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries Dakota (2008) 493 Jessica Pressman Epilogue: The Changing Concept of World Literature 513 Zhang Longxi Index 524