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1 Anne-Louise-Germaine de Staël, De la littérature: considérée dans ses rapports avec les institutions sociales. Oeuvres complètes 1.2, De la Littérature et autres essais littéraires, eds. Stéphanie Genand, et al. (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2013), 67–388.

2 de Staël, Anne-Louise-Germaine, Dix années d’exil (Paris: Rivages, 2012), translated as Ten Years of Exile, trans. Avriel H. Goldberger (DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2000).

3 Levin, Harry, “Toward World Literature,” Tamkang Review 6.2/7.1 (1975–1976): 2130 , esp. 30.

4 Jencks, Christopher and Riesman, David, The Academic Revolution (New York: Doubleday, 1968. 3rd ed., 1977), 515516 .

5 Harry Levin et al., “The Levin Report” (1965), in Charles Bernheimer, ed., Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), 21–27, esp. 21.

6 Ibid., 23.

7 Wellek, René, “The Crisis of Comparative Literature,” in Concepts of Criticism, ed. Stephen G. Nichols (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1963), 283295, esp. 295.

8 Levin et al., “The Levin Report,” 25.

9 Wellek, “The Crisis of Comparative Literature,” 289.

10 Levin et al., “The Levin Report,” 25.

11 Guérard, Albert, “Comparative Literature?Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature 7 (1958): 16, esp. 4.

12 Balakian, Anna, “How and Why I Became a Comparatist,” in Building a Profession: Autobiographical Perspectives on the History of Comparative Literature in the United States, eds. Lionel Gossman and Mihai I. Spariosu (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1994), 7587, esp. 77–78.

13 Thomas Greene et al., “The Greene Report” (1975), in Charles Bernheimer, ed., Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), 2838, esp. 28.

14 René Wellek, “Memoirs of the Profession,” in Building a Profession, 1–11, esp. 3.

15 Greene, “The Greene Report,” 31.

16 Balakian, “How and Why I Became a Comparatist,” 84.

17 Ibid., 85.

18 Ibid., 82. Balakian details her negative views in The Snowflake on the Belfry: Dogma and Disquietude in the Critical Arena (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1994). In her essay on becoming a comparatist, her impatience with postcolonial perspectives surfaces in an insistence on regarding Aimé Césaire purely “as a francophone surrealist who happened to be born in Martinique.”

19 Friederich, Werner, “On the Integrity of Our Planning,” in The Teaching of World Literature, ed. Haskell Block (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1960), 922, esp. 15.

20 D’haen, Theo, “J. J. Slauerhoff, Dutch Literature, and World Literature,” in Literature e cultura: do nacional ao transnacional, ed. José Luis Jobim (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: EdUERJ, 2013), 143157.

21 Zook, Darren C., “Searching for Max Havelaar: Multatuli, Colonial History, and the Confusion of Empire,” Modern Language Notes 121.5 (2006): 1169–89, esp. 1169.

22 Wollaeger, Mark and Eatough, Matt, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).

23 WReC (Warwick Research Collective), Combined and Uneven Development: Towards a New Theory of World-Literature (Liverpool, England: Liverpool University Press, 2015).

24 Moretti, Franco, “Conjectures on World Literature,” New Left Review 1 (2000): 5468 , esp. 56.

25 Ibid., 66.

26 Rosendahl Thomsen, Mads, “Franco Moretti and the Global Wave of the Novel,” in The Routledge Companion to World Literature, ed. Theo D’haen, et al. (Abingdon, VA: Routledge, 2011), 136144 ; Goodwin, Jonathan and Holbo, John, eds., Reading “Graphs, Maps, Trees”: Critical Responses to Franco Moretti (Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, 2011).

27 Beecroft, Alexander, An Ecology of World Literature: From Antiquity to the Present Day (London: Verso, 2015) and Parla, Jale, “The Object of Comparison,” Comparative Literature Studies 41.1 (2004): 116125 .

28 Julien, Eileen, “Arguments and Further Conjectures on World Literature,” in Studying Transcultural Literary History, ed. Gunilla Lindberg-Wada (Berlin, Germany: de Gruyter, 2006), 122132 ; Tanoukhi, Nirvana, “The Scale of World Literature,” New Literary History 39.3 (2008); 599617 ; Siskind, Mariano, Cosmopolitan Desires: Global Modernity and World Literature in Latin America (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2014).

29 Mehrez, Samia, “Khāriṭat al-riwāyah: Frānkū Mūrītī wa-i‘ādat rasm al-ta’rīkh al-adabī” [“Mapping the novel: Franco Moretti and the remaking of literary history”], Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics 34 (2014): 6792 .

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