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Literature. It is by exploring the centrality of highly politicized writers and their followers that we look to rethink the notion of World Literature beyond canonical authors and institutions (publishers, translators) and within the framework of a “lived” cosmopolitanism deployed at a time of political

In: Journal of World Literature

Pheng Cheah: Let me begin by saying that the title of my book very clearly alludes to David Damrosch’s book, What Is World Literature? I have learned a lot from David’s book, which, if it hasn’t inaugurated a new field in literary studies, has certainly reinvigorated it and given it new life

In: Journal of World Literature
Aleksis Kivi (1834-1872) is Finland’s greatest writer. His great 1870 novel The Brothers Seven has been translated 59 times into 34 languages. Is he world literature, or not? In Aleksis Kivi and/as World Literature Douglas Robinson uses this question as a wedge for exploring the nature and nurture of world literature, and the contributions made by translators to it.

Drawing on Deleuze and Guattari’s notion of major and minor literature, Robinson argues that translators have mainly “majoritized” Kivi—translated him respectfully—and so created images of literary tourism that ill suit recognition as world literature. Far better, he insists, is the impulse to minoritize—to find and celebrate the minor writer in Kivi, who “ sends the major language racing.”
Author: Kuei-fen Chiu

Europe. Instead of criticizing the poets for their lack of critical reflection on the subjugated position of colonial Taiwan in the world literary space, the documentary shows how the Taiwanese poets’ keen interest in world literature from the West opened up a new horizon of literary imagination in

In: Journal of World Literature
Author: Birgit Neumann

1 World Literature and Mobility An uneasy relationship between global expansionism and local difference lies at the heart of the concept of world literature. David Damrosch famously defines world literature as literature that “circulate[s] out into a broader world beyond its

In: Journal of World Literature
Author: Blaž Zabel

individual life” (20), evolving from “clan literatures”, to “city commonwealths”, to “world literature”, and to “national literature”. He believes that law, religion, and literature all sprang from small clan communities, small circles of kinship in which “rude poetry” (81) primarily expressed brotherhood

In: Journal of World Literature

1 Located Views “For any given observer,” David Damrosch argued in What is World Literature? , “even a genuinely global perspective remains a perspective from somewhere , and global patterns of the circulation of world literature take shape in their local manifestations” (27