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The Routledge Companion to World Literature and World History

Edited By

May Hawas

ISBN 9781138921658
Published April 25, 2018 by Routledge
376 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Companion to World Literature and World History is a comprehensive and engaging volume, combining essays from historians and literary academics to create a space for productive cross-cultural encounters between the two fields. In addition to the 27 essays, the Companion includes general introductions from two of the leading scholars of history and literature, David Damrosch and Patrick Manning, as well as personal testimonies from artists working in the area, and editorials asking provocative questions.

The volume includes sections on:

  • People – with essays looking at World Literature, Intellectual Commerce, Religion, language and war, and Indigenous ethnography
  • Networks and methods – examining maps, geography, morality and the crises of world literature
  • Transformations – including essays on race, colonialism, and the non-human

Interdisciplinary and groundbreaking, this volume brings to light various ways in which scholars of literature and history analyse, assimilate or reveal the intellectual heritage of the past, at the same moment as they try consciously to deal with an unending amount of new information and an awareness of global connections and discrepancies. Including work from leading academics in the field, as well as newer voices, the Companion is ideal for students and scholars alike.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements, and Some Blame

List of Contributors


May Hawas


World Literature’s World History

David Damrosch

Moving Institutions: World History and its Beginnings in Theory

Patrick Manning

Section 1: People

Artist in Action: On the Lack of an Adequate Critical Vocabulary

Tabish Khair

From Literary Predation to Global Intellectual Commerce: World Literature, World History, and the Modes of Cultural Exchange in the Work of Johann Gottfried Herder and Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Christian Moser

Marian Małowist’s World History and its Application to World Literature

Adam Kola

Modernity, Reason and Historical Progress: Keshab Chandra Sen and the History of the World

John Stevens

Along the Frontiers of Religion, Language and War: Baba Ounus Saldin’s Syair Faid al-Abad

Ronit Ricci

In the Worlds of Nizami of Ganjeh (ca. AD 1141-1209): Layli and Majnūn and the Riddle of “Courtly Love”

Michael Barry

The Rise of World Historical Consciousness in Late Imperial China

Xin Fan

Literary Historical Intersections: Indigenous Ethnography and Rewriting History from Mexico to Palestine

Amal Eqeiq

Section 2: Networks and Method

Artist in Action: My Borderland

Maureen Freely

Routes, Roads and Maps (of) Literature

Theo D’haen

Classics: History and Geography

Piero Boitani

Love and Money in Eighteenth-Century Egyptian Literature

Nelly Hanna

Bridges Across the Seas

David Abulafia

What World History Does World Literature Need?

Bruce Robbins

In Pursuit of Happiness: A First Exploration of Morality in Big History

Fred Spier

The Crises of World Literature: Suez from Building to Bandung

May Hawas

Afro-Latin-Africa: Movement and Memory in Benin

Ananya Jahanara Kabir

Section 3: Transformations

Artist in Action: On Parallax

Shahzia Sikander

Mnemonic Solidarity and Global Memory Formation after World War II

Jie-Hyun Lim

Dragging Baltimore Into Bay of Bengal: Race, Colonialism and Global Capitalism Beyond the Black Atlantic in Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies

Nandini Dhar

Connecting to Power: Imagined Genealogies in Southern China and Mainland Southeast Asia

Liam Kelley

Eclipsing Mexico: Translationscapes of Ōe Kenzaburō

Jordan A.Y. Smith

Colliding Forms in Literary History: A Reading of Natsume Sôseki’s Light and Dark

Reiko Abe Auestad

Dance as Historical Narrative: The National Ballet of Mali’s Sunjata and the Enactment of Oral Literature

Elina Djebbari

Brazilian Literary Theory’s Challenge Before the Non-Human: Three Encounters and an Epilogue

Carolina Correia dos Santos


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May Hawas is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.