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The Cambridge Companion to World Literature


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Ben Etherington, Jarad Zimbler, Timothy Brennan, Anna Bernard, Stefan Helgesson, Sowon Park, Liz Gunner, Boris Maslov, Ato Quayson, Neil Lazarus, Charlotta Salmi, Shital Pravinchandra, Keya Ganguly, Chris Andrews
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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108457842

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  • The Cambridge Companion to World Literature introduces the significant ideas and practices of world literary studies. It provides a lucid and accessible account of the fundamental issues and concepts in world literature, including the problems of imagining the totality of literature; comparing literary works across histories, cultures and languages; and understanding how literary production is affected by forces such as imperialism and globalization. The essays demonstrate how detailed critical engagements with particular literary texts call forth differing conceptions of world literature, and, conversely, how theories of world literature shape our practices of readings. Subjects covered include cosmopolitanism, transnationalism, internationalism, scale and systems, sociological criticism, translation, scripts, and orality. This book also includes original analyses of genres and forms, ranging from tragedy to the novel and graphic fiction, lyric poetry to the short story and world cinema.

    • Provides exemplary essays in world literary criticism
    • Includes discussion of ancient and modern works, from: North America, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Western Europe
    • Considers a range of genres, forms and modes often excluded from recent world literature debates
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    'The Cambridge Companion to World Literature helpfully pushes the boundaries of any idea(s) of 'world literature' - and, usefully, does so from a variety of angles, as it were. As the Introduction makes clear, there's no ambition to be comprehensive here; instead, the Companion presents a variety of perspectives and foci, and usefully projects beyond them, making for a nicely wide-ranging starting point …' M. A. Orthofer, The Complete Review (

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    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108457842
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Ben Etherington and Jarad Zimbler
    Part I. Worlds:
    1. Cosmopolitanism and world literature Timothy Brennan
    2. Nation, transnationalism, and internationalism Anna Bernard
    3. Scales, systems, and meridians Ben Etherington
    4. Literary worlds and literary fields Jarad Zimbler
    5. Translation and the circuits of world literature Stefan Helgesson
    6. Scriptworlds Sowon Park
    7. Ecologies of orality Liz Gunner
    Part II. Practices:
    8. Lyric universality Boris Maslov
    9. On worlding tragedy Ato Quayson
    10. The novel and consciousness of labour Neil Lazarus
    11. The worldliness of graphic narrative Charlotta Salmi
    12. Short story and peripheral production Shital Pravinchandra
    13. World cinema, world literature and dialectical criticism Keya Ganguly
    14. Publishing, translating, worldmaking Chris Andrews.

  • Editors

    Ben Etherington, University of Western Sydney
    Ben Etherington is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University. His monograph, Literary Primitivism (2017) argues for a global conception of primitivism as a utopian reaction to the apotheosis of European imperialism. He is currently a Chief Investigator on the three-year Australian Research Council project Other Worlds, for which he is working with eminent Australian writers, including Alexis Wright and J. M. Coetzee, to explore the idiosyncratic ways in which writers create literary worlds. He is also known as a public commentator on universities and Australian literature.

    Jarad Zimbler, University of Birmingham
    Jarad Zimbler is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Birmingham, and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the University of Illinois, Chicago. His previous publications bring together a range of approaches, from narratology and stylistics, to book history and the sociology of literature. His first monograph, J. M. Coetzee and the Politics of Style (Cambridge, 2014), was shortlisted for the 2016 University English Book Prize. In his new research project, Literary Communities and Literary Worlds, he examines several mid-twentieth-century authors who moved from one literary field to another, and who re-shaped their practices in response to their new literary environments.


    Ben Etherington, Jarad Zimbler, Timothy Brennan, Anna Bernard, Stefan Helgesson, Sowon Park, Liz Gunner, Boris Maslov, Ato Quayson, Neil Lazarus, Charlotta Salmi, Shital Pravinchandra, Keya Ganguly, Chris Andrews

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