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Futures of Comparative Literature
ACLA State of the Discipline Report

Edited By

Ursula K Heise

ISBN 9781315227405
Published March 27, 2017 by Routledge
370 Pages

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Book Description

Futures of Comparative Literature is a cutting edge report on the state of the discipline in Comparative Literature. Offering a broad spectrum of viewpoints from all career stages, a variety of different institutions, and many language backgrounds, this collection is fully global and diverse. The book includes previously unpublished interviews with key figures in the discipline as well as a range of different essays – short pieces on key topics and longer, in-depth pieces. It is divided into seven sections: Futures of Comparative Literature; Theories, Histories, Methods; Worlds; Areas and Regions; Languages, Vernaculars, Translations; Media; Beyond the Human; and contains over 50 essays on topics such as: Queer Reading; Human Rights; Fundamentalism; Untranslatability; Big Data; Environmental Humanities. It also includes current facts and figures from the American Comparative Literature Association as well as a very useful general introduction, situating and introducing the material. Curated by an expert editorial team, this book captures what is at stake in the study of Comparative Literature today.

Table of Contents

Ursula K. Heise: Introduction [3,000 words] - new

Futures of Comparative Literature

  1. Eric Hayot: Institutional Inertia and the State of the Discipline [2,770]
  2. Avi Alpert: Performative Scholarship [680]
  3. Gail Finney: The Reign of the Amoeba: Further Thoughts about the Future of Comparative Literature [2,480]
  4. Haun Saussy: Comparative Literature: The Next Ten Years [2,400]
  5. Theories, Histories, Methods

  6. Adam Miyashiro: Periodization [700]
  7. César Domínguez: Margaret Higonnet and Marcel Cornis-Pope on comparative literary history [conversation: 5000] - new
  8. Michael Rubenstein: Petro- [645]
  9. Rita Felski: Hermeneutics of Suspicion [575]
  10. Adam F. Kola: The Politics of the Archive in Semi-Peripheries [3780]
  11. Thomas Beebee: What the World Thinks About Literature [5,000]
  12. Jos Lavery: Minimal Criticism [2,530]
  13. Timothy Brennan: Philology [600]
  14. Jessica Berman with R.A. Judy and Rei Terada on affect theory [conversation: 5000] - new
  15. Rebecca Walkowitz: Future Reading [1,990]
  16. Rey Chow: Close Reading and the Global University (Notes on Localism) [2,290]
  17. Worlds

  18. Mads Rosendahl Thomsen: World Famous, Locally: Insights From the Study of International Canonization [2,130]
  19. Christian Moraru: "World," "Globe," "Planet": Comparative Literature, Planetary Studies, and Cultural Debt after the Global Turn [5,000]
  20. David Damrosch: World Literature as Figure and as Ground [2,860]
  21. Nergis Ertürk: Baku, Literary Common [1,520]
  22. Ban Wang: Aesthetic Humanity and the Great World Community: Kant and Kang Youwei [5,000]
  23. Karen Thornber: Comparative Literature, World Literature, and Asia [2,850]
  24. Areas and Regions

  25. Christopher Bush: Areas: Bigger Than the Nation, Smaller than the World [1,200]
  26. Guillermina de Ferrari, Ivonne del Valle (UC Berkeley), Francine Masiello (UC Berkeley), Wander Melo Miranda (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil), José Quiroga (Emory U), and Mariano Siskind (Harvard U) : Comparative Literature and Latin America [conversation: 5,000] - new
  27. Waïl S. Hassan: Arabic and the Paradigms of Comparison [3,860]
  28. Mohammad Salama: Fundamentalism [600]
  29. Barbara Harlow and Neville Hoad in conversation with Aaron Bady:
    Why Must African Literature Be Defined? [conversation: 5,000] - new
  30. Aaron Bady: Afropolitan [715]
  31. Antonio Barrenechea: American Literature [740]
  32. Justice, Difference, Inequality

  33. Sophia McClennen: Human Rights [800]
  34. Snehal Shingavi: Neoliberalism [860]
  35. Sangeeta Ray: Postcolonial Studies [653]
  36. Wendy Belcher: Discursive Possession [655]
  37. Joey Slaughter: Counterinsurgency [710]
  38. Jessica Berman: Trans- [710]
  39. Jarrod Hayes: Queer Double Cross: Doing (It with) Comp Lit [3,975]
  40. Susan Lanser: Comparatively Lesbian: Queer/Feminist Theory and the Sexuality of History [2,570]
  41. Languages, Vernaculars, Translations

  42. Lucas Klein: Institution, Translation, Nation, Metaphor [2,900]
  43. Gayatri Spivak: The End of Languages? [420]
  44. Subramanian Shankar: The Vernacular [641]
  45. Jeanne-Marie Jackson: African Languages, Writ Small [1,830]
  46. Yucong Hao: The Sinophone [660]
  47. Brigitte Rath: Pseudotranslation [960]
  48. Shaden Tageldin: Untranslatability [600]
  49. Media

  50. Jacob Edmond: Archive of the Now [3,780]
  51. Jessica Pressman: Electronic Literature as Comparative Literature [3,380]
  52. Dennis Tenen: Digital Displacement [2,840]
  53. Jonathan E. Abel: Big Data [795]
  54. Charlotte Eubanks: Next: New Orality [1050]
  55. Ursula K. Heise in conversation with Franco Moretti:
    Comparative Literature and Computational Criticism [conversation: 5000] - new
  56. Beyond the Human

  57. Ursula Heise: Comparative Literature and the Environmental Humanities [4,930]
  58. Mario Ortiz-Robles: Comparative Literature and Animal Studies [5,000]
  59. Mara de Gennaro: Love Stories, or, Multispecies Ethnography, Comparative Literature, and their Entanglements [5,000]
  60. Jennifer Wenzel: Climate Change [670]

Fact and Figures

3-5 pages, put together by Corinne Scheiner

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Ursula K. Heise is the Marcia Howard Chair in Literary Studies at the Department of English and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA, USA. Her books include Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species (2016) and The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities (2017).