World Literature and Postcolonial Studies


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What is the role of literature in our global landscape today? How do local authors respond to the growing worldwide power of English and the persisting effects of the colonial systems that paved the way for globalization today? These questions have often been approached very differently by postcolonialists and by students of world literature, but over the past two decades, a developing dialogue between these divergent approaches has produced robust scholarship and sometimes fractious debate, as issues of language, politics, and cultural difference have come to the fore. Drawing on a wide variety of cases, from medieval Wales to contemporary Syria and Australia, and on works written in Arabic, Basque, English, Hindi, and more, this collection explores the mutual illumination that can be gained through the interaction of postcolonial and world literary perspectives.

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Bhavya Tiwari received her MA in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University (2008) and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (2014). She is Assistant Professor at the University of Houston, and is the author of Beyond English: World Literature and India (Bloomsbury, 2021), and of essays in Interventions, Comparative Literature Studies, Comparative Literature and Culture, and elsewhere.

David Damrosch received his Ph.D. at Yale (1980) and is Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University and founder of the Institute for World Literature. His books include What Is World Literature? (Princeton University Press, 2003), Comparing the Literatures: Literary Studies in a Global Age (Princeton University Press, 2020), and Around the World in 80 Books (Penguin Press, 2021), and he is editor and translator of Georges Ngal’s Giambatista Viko, or the Rape of African Discourse (2022).
"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)
This book will appeal to graduate students and faculty working in the fields of postcolonial studies, world literature, and translation studies, and will be adopted by academic libraries as a valuable reference work.
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