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Literature and Globalization

A Reader, 1st Edition

Edited by Liam Connell, Nicky Marsh


416 pages

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'[I] wonder how we have managed without such a text.' – Rita Raley, UCSB, USA

Globalization has had a huge impact on thinking across the humanities, redefining the understanding of fields such as communication, culture, politics, and literature.

This groundbreaking Reader is the first to chart significant moments in the emergence of contemporary thinking about globalization and explore their significance for and impact on literary studies. The book's three sections look in turn at:

  • an overview of globalization theory and influential works in the field
  • the impact of globalization on literature and our understanding of the 'literary'
  • how issues in globalization can be used to read specific literary texts.

Containing essays by leading critics including Arjun Appadurai, Jacques Derrida, Simon Gikandi, Ursula K. Heise, Graham Huggan, Franco Moretti, Bruce Robbins and Anna Tsing, this volume outlines the relationship between globalization and literature, offering a key sourcebook for and introduction to an exciting, emerging field.


'[I] wonder how we have managed without such a text.' – Rita Raley, UCSB, USA

'This collection affirms the important contribution that the humanities can and must make to the fractal field of globalisation studies. As we move between the two key terms--literature and globalisation--a map emerges of interlinked disciplinary concerns: one concerning the application of literary methods to produce much-needed interventions in the globalisation debates; and another focusing on the manifold ways in which the discourses of globalisation shape our readings of literature and our approaches to literary analysis. The volume will prove indispensable to scholars and students interested in conjunctions between the humanities and contemporary culture.' – Stephen Levin, Clark University, USA

‘A tremendous collection of essays that simultaneously provides a comprehensive cultural, geographical and social background to globalization and a rich account of the diverse ways in which literature has responded to globalization.’ – Ian Buchanan, Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University, UK

‘A terrific teaching text. In the quality and range of its selections, the questions they raise, and the case studies they offer, this anthology is what teachers working at the intersections of literary, cultural, and globalization studies have been waiting for. I look forward to testing it in the classroom.’ – Diana Brydon, University of Manitoba, Canada

Literature and Globalisation: A Reader is a splendid collection. Liam Connell and Nicky Marsh have brought together key theoretical statements, critical analyses and textual readings drawn from a wide range of perspectives. This Reader will be warmly welcomed by scholars and students alike in the emergent field of literature and globalisation.’ Pamela McCallum, University of Calgary, Canada

Table of Contents

Introduction Section 1: Theorizing Globalization Editors’ Introduction 1. 'Time-space Compression and the Postmodern Condition’ - David Harvey 2. ‘The Globalising of Modernity’ - Anthony Giddens 3. ‘The Universalism–Particularism Issue’ - Roland Robertson 4. ‘Disjuncture and Difference’- Arjun Appadurai 5. ‘Querying Globalization’ - J.K Gibson-Graham 6. ‘The Global Situation’ - Anna Tsing 7. ‘Modernity as history: post-revolutionary China, globalization and the question of modernity’ - Arif Dirlik 8. ‘Free Trade and Culture’ - George Yúdice 9. ‘Performative Discourse and Social Form’- Angus Cameron and Ronen Palan, 10. ‘The Multitude Against Empire’ - Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt Section 2. Literature in the Discipline Editors’ Introduction 11. ‘Conjectures on World Literature’ - Franco Moretti 12. ‘Beyond Discipline? Globalization and the Future of English’ - Paul Jay 13. ‘Globalization and the Claims of Postcoloniality’ - Simon Gikandi 14. ‘Globalization, Peace, and Cosmopolitanism’ - Jacques Derrida 15. ‘Turn to the Planet: Literature, Diversity, and Totality’ - Masao Miyoshi 16. ‘"Untranslatable" Algeria: The Politics of Linguicide’- Emily Apter Section 3: Literary Readings Editors’ Introduction Environmentalism 17. ‘Deterritorialization and Eco-Cosmopolitanism’ - Ursula K. Heise 18. ‘"Greening" Postcolonialism: Ecocritical Perspectives’ - Graham Huggan 19. ‘Surfing the Second Wave: Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide’ - Pablo Mukerhjee Money and Markets 20. ‘Derrida’s Debt to Milton Friedman.’ - Michael Tratner 21. ‘Giving and Receiving: Nurudin Farah’s Gifts or the Postcolonial Logic of Third World Aid’ - Tim Woods 22. ‘Aesthetics of Globalization in Contemporary Fiction: The Function of the Fall of the Berlin Wall' - Padmaja Challakere Technology and Cyber-cultures 23. ‘eEmpires’ - Rita Raley 24. ‘Fear and Loathing in Globalization’ - Fredric Jameson 25. ‘Indians: the Globalized Woman on the Community Stage’ - Katrin Sieg Migration and Labour 26. ‘The Sweatshop Sublime’ - Bruce Robbins 27. ‘The Hungry Ghost: IMF Policy, Capitalist Transformation and Laboring Bodies in Southeast Asia’ - Joseph Medley and Lorrayne A Carrol 28. ‘East African Literature and the Politics of Global Reading’ - Peter J. Kalliney Worldliness and Cosmopolitanisms 29. ‘"We Are Not the World": Global Village, Universalism, and Karen Tei Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange’ - Sue-Im Lee 30. ‘An Elegy for African Cosmopolitanism: Phaswane Mpe’s Welcome to our Hillbrow’ - Neville Hoad 31. ‘Movements and Protests’ - Suman Gupta Bibliography

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