1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to World Literature and World History

Edited By May Hawas Copyright 2018
    376 Pages
    by Routledge

    376 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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 Malowist’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 Majnun 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 Oe Kenzaburo

    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



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