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The Limits of Cosmopolitanism
Globalization and Its Discontents in Contemporary Literature




ISBN 9781138502048
Published February 21, 2019 by Routledge
204 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines the limits of cosmopolitanism in contemporary literature. In a world in which engagement with strangers is no longer optional, and in which the ubiquitous demands of globalization clash with resurgent localist and nationalist sentiments, cosmopolitanism is no longer merely a horizon-broadening aspiration but a compulsory order of things to which we are all conscripted. Focusing on literary texts from such diverse locales as England, Algeria, Sweden, former Yugoslavia, and the Sudan, the essays in this collection interrogate the tensions and impasses in our prison-house of cosmopolitanism.

Table of Contents

Introduction

ALEKSANDAR STEVIĆ AND PHILIP TSANG

Part I

Cosmopolitan Hegemons

1 Cosmopolis Besieged: The Exilic Reunion of

Bogdan Bogdanović and Milo Dor

VLADIMIR ZORIĆ

2 Building Bridges: Constructing a Comparative Sufi Cosmopolitanism

in Rock and Roll Jihad

MUKTI LAKHI MANGHARAM

3 Whose are the Streets?

Sunjeev Sahota’s Fiction of Failed Cosmopolitan Conviviality

ANA CRISTINA MENDES

4 Stuck Between England and Egypt: Sudanese Cosmopolitanism in

Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North and Leila Aboulela’s Lyrics Alley

SUHA KUDSIEH

Part II

Subjects of Displacement

5 Unbelonging: Caryl Phillips and the Ethics of Disaffiliation

ALEKSANDAR STEVIĆ

6 Why Is the Patient "English"?

Disidentification as Cosmopolitanism in Michael Ondaatje’s Fiction

PHILIP TSANG

Alien-nation and the Algerian Harraga: The Limits of Nation-Building and Cosmopolitanism as Interpretive Models for the Clandestine Immigrant

MARY ANNE LEWIS CUSATO

Part III

Circulated Objects

8 Cosmopolitanism and Orality in Okey Ndibe’s Foreign Gods, Inc.

KATHERINE HALLEMEIER

9 Animated Plastic and Material Eco-Cosmopolitanism

in Through the Arc of the Rain Forest

JUNGHA KIM

10 Paying Attention to a World in Crisis:

Cosmopolitanism in Climate Fiction

PAUL TENNGART

Notes on Contributors

Index

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Editor(s)

Biography

Aleksandar Stević is an assistant professor of English at Qatar University and has previously taught at the University of Belgrade, Hampshire College, and King’s College, Cambridge. His essays on nineteenth and twentieth-century fiction have appeared in such venues as Comparative Literature Studies, Dickens Studies Annual, Victorian Literature and Culture, and the Journal of Modern Literature. He is a contributor to A History of Modern French Literature (Princeton UP, 2017), and a translator of several books from English into Serbo-Croatian, including, most recently, Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood.

Philip Tsang is assistant professor of English at the University of Cincinnati. He specializes in twentieth-century British and Anglophone literature. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled "The Obsolete Empire: Untimely Belonging in Twentieth-Century British Literature," which explores the paradoxes of communal imagination in the work of Henry James, James Joyce, Doris Lessing, and V. S. Naipaul. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, Twentieth-Century Literature, and The Henry James Review.