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What is “World Literature”?

Posted by litdaily on August 18, 2010

NeMLA 2011, April 6-10, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Contact: deepikamarya@aol.com
The panel will explore what “world literature”, that has embedded in it the conjunction world-historical, mean today. By the time Goethe coined the term in the 1800’s much of the non-Western world was already colonized.The impact of this reorganization was far reaching for the West and the non-Western world.What role did colonial structures play in creating a unified global systems theory such as Orientalism? Can Orientalist literature claim to be “world literature”? Many of the challenges posed by the paradigms of “world literature”, global translation, linguistic imperialism, nationalism and modernity open the discussion to new reflection and debate. Have its claims been obscured by assimilations and homogenizations as a result of globalization?

We will examine some of the dilemmas facing “world literature” in our times. Is there a need for shifting categories and bring newness to the study of “world literature”?
Abstracts of 300 words maximum are invited.

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