Pascale Casanova’s World of Letters and Its Legacies


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Pascale Casanova’s World of Letters and Its Legacies proposes a wide-ranging appraisal of the work, influence and intellectual profile of a major figure in the humanities and social sciences, from sociology to literary theory and criticism. Both a tribute to the life and work of Pascale Casanova and a critical examination of the dissemination of her theoretical ideas around the world and in fields as diverse as world literature, comparative literature, translation studies, and the sociology of literature, the essays selected here are signed by leading scholars in these disciplines including David Damrosch, Claire Ducournau, Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, Tiphaine Samoyault and Jing Tsu among others.

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Gisèle Sapiro is Professor of Sociology at EHESS and at the CNRS, author of The French Writers’ War (2014), La Responsabilité de l’écrivain (2011), La Sociologie de la littérature (2014 ; forth. Stanford UP), Les Ecrivains et la politique en France (2018), and Peut-on dissocier l’œuvre de l’auteur? (2020).
Delia Ungureanu is Associate Director of Harvard’s Institute for World Literature and associate professor at the University of Bucharest. She is the author of Time Regained: World Literature and Cinema (2021), From Paris to Tlön: Surrealism as World Literature (2017), and of Poetica Apocalipsei: Războiul cultural în revistele literare românești (1944–1947) (2012).
Theo D’haen

General Editors:
Theo D'haen, University of Leuven
Karen Laura Thornber, Harvard University
Zhang Longxi, City University of Hong Kong
Hans Bertens, Utrecht University
May Hawas, Newnham College, University of Cambridge
Galin Tihanov, Queen Mary University of London
He Chengzhou, Nanjing University
"Brill's dynamic peer-reviewed series Textxet: Studies in Comparative Literature has since the mid-1990s been publishing monographs and edited collections on a range of subfields within the capacious field of comparative literature. The nearly 100 scholarly monographs published as part of Textxet engage rigorously with theories of literature, world literature, and literature and thought from around the globe, frequently from interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives. Soon to be fully digitized and accessible, Textxet has contributed significantly to the study of comparative literature, broadly conceived, in Europe and North America, and to literature studies more broadly, particularly in the discipline's many emerging subfields. Publishing the work of both established scholars and recent Ph.D.'s, Textxet gives scholars of all generations a platform for sharing their best work, and inspiring vigorous scholarly conversations" --Karen Thornber, Harvard University, USA, author of Global Healing: Literature, Advocacy, Care(2020)
1 Introduction
Gisèle Sapiro and Delia Ungureanu

2 Critical Writing: The Value and Cost of Pascale Casanova’s Combative Ethos
Claire Ducournau

3 Preface to the 2008 Edition of La République mondiale des lettres
Pascale Casanova; translated by David Damrosch

4 La République mondiale des lettres in the World Republic of Scholarship
David Damrosch

5 Reading Pascale Casanova’s World Republic of Letters in Eastern Europe
Magdalena Răduță; translated by Oana Fotache-Dubălaru

6 Heralded Heroes
Mads Rosendhal Thomsen

7 Pascale Casanova’s Exiles
Laurent Jeanpierre

8 Samuel Beckett and the World Republic of Letters
Thirthankar Chakraborty

9 For a Theory of Relay Translations
Tiphaine Samoyault; translated by Paul Chouchana

10 Linguistic Areas of Literature: Between the World and the Nations
Tristan Leperlier

11 A Rare Pearl Passed from Hand to Hand: Cosmopolitan Orders and Pre-modern Forms of Literary Domination
Michiel Leezenberg

12 When Literary Relations End
Jing Tsu

13 Prizing Francophonie into Existence: The Usurpation of World Literature by the Prix des Cinq Continents
Madeline Bedecarré

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