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From Comparison to World Literature
From Comparison to World Literature
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Longxi Zhang - Author
SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture
Price: $80.00 
Hardcover - 202 pages
Release Date: January 2015
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5471-9

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Release Date: January 2016
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5470-2

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Reintroduces the concept of “world literature” in a truly global context, transcending past Eurocentrism.

The study of world literature is on the rise. Until recently, the term “world literature” was a misnomer in comparative literature scholarship, which typically focused on Western literature in European languages. In an increasingly globalized era, this is beginning to change. In this collection of essays, Zhang Longxi discusses how we can transcend Eurocentrism or any other ethnocentrism and revisit the concept of world literature from a truly global perspective. Zhang considers literary works and critical insights from Chinese and other non-Western traditions, drawing on scholarship from a wide range of disciplines in the humanities, and integrating a variety of approaches and perspectives from both East and West. The rise of world literature emerges as an exciting new approach to literary studies as Zhang argues for the validity of cross-cultural understanding, particularly from the perspective of East-West comparative studies.

“…[a] persuasive, reasoned examination of ‘world literature’ … Highly recommended.” — CHOICE

Zhang Longxi is Chair Professor of Comparative Literature and Translation at the City University of Hong Kong. He is the author of several books, including Unexpected Affinities: Reading across Cultures and Allegoresis: Reading Canonical Literature East and West.


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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Crossroads, Distant Killing, and Translation: On the Ethics and Politics of Comparison

2. The Complexity of Difference: Individual, Cultural, and Cross-Cultural

3. Difference or Affinity? A Methodological Issue in Comparative Studies

4. Heaven and Man: From a Cross-Cultural Perspective

5. The True Face of Mount Lu: On the Significance of Perspectives and Paradigms

6. History and Fictionality: Insights and Limitations of a Literary Perspective

7. In Search of a Land of Happiness: Utopia and Its Discontents

8. Qian Zhongshu and World Literature

9. The Poetics of World Literature

10. The Changing Concept of World Literature

Bibliography
Index


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