In the age of globalization, the category of "World Literature" is increasingly important to academic teaching and research. The Routledge Companion to World Literature offers a comprehensive pathway into this burgeoning and popular field.
Separated into four key sections, the volume covers:
- the history of World Literature through significant writers and theorists from Goethe to Said, Casanova and Moretti
- the disciplinary relationship of World Literature to areas such as philology, translation, globalization and diaspora studies
- theoretical issues in World Literature including gender, politics and ethics
- a global perspective on the politics of World Literature.
The forty-eight outstanding contributors to this companion offer an ideal introduction to those approaching the field for the first time, or looking to further their knowledge of this extensive field.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors Preface: Weltliteratur, littérature universelle, vishwa sahitya . . . - Theo D’haen, David Damrosch and Djelal Kadir Part I: The Historical Dimension 1. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Origins and Relevance of Weltliteratur - John Pizer 2. Hugo Meltzl and the "Principle of Polyglottism" - David Damrosch 3. Georg Brandes: The Telescope of Comparative Literature - Svend Erik Larsen 4. Richard Moulton and the "Perspective Attitude" in World Literature - Sarah Lawall 5. Rabindranath Tagore’s Comparative World Literature - Bhavya Tiwari 6. Richard Meyer’s Concept of World Literature - Monika Schmitz-Emans 7. Albert Guérard: Reworking Humanism for a Troubled Century - Dominique Vaugeois 8. Erich Auerbach and the Death and Life of World Literature - Aamir Mufti 9. Qian Zhongshu as Comparatist - Zhang Longxi 10. René Etiemble: Defense and Illustration of a "True Literary Comparatism" - Samira Sayeh 11. Dionýz Ďurišin and a Systemic Theory of World Literature - César Domínguez 12. Claudio Guillén: (World) Literature as System - Darío Villanueva 13. Edward W. Said: The Worldliness of World Literature - Jonathan Arac 14. Pascale Casanova and the Republic of Letters - Helena Buescu 15. Franco Moretti and The Global Wave of the Novel - Mads Rosendahl Thomsen Part II: The Disciplinary Dimension 16. World Literature and Philology - Michael Holquist 17. World Literature and National Literature(s) - Jing Tsu 18. World Literature and Comparative Literature - Sandra Bermann 19. World Literature and Translation Studies - Lawrence Venuti 20. World Literature between History and Theory - Vilashini Cooppan 21. World Literature and Postmodernism - Hans Bertens 22. World Literature and Postcolonialism - Robert Young 23. World Literature and Globalization - Eric Hayot 24. World Literature and Diaspora Studies - Jason Frydman 25. World Literature and Cosmopolitanism Studies - César Domínguez Part III: The Theoretical Dimension 26. Teaching Worldly Literature - Martin Puchner 27. The Canon(s) of World Literature - Peter Caravetta 28. The Great Books - John Kirby 29. Bibliomigrancy: Book Series and the Making of World Literature - B. Venkat Mani 30. World Literature and the Internet - Thomas O. Beebee 31. World Literature and the Library - Reingard Nethersole 32. World Literature and the Book Market - Ann Steiner 33. World Literature, Francophonie, and Creole Cosmopolitics - Françoise Lionnet 34. World Literature and Popular Literature: Toward a Wordless Literature? - Jan Baetens 35. The Genres of World Literature: The Case of Magical Realism - Mariano Siskind 36. The Poetics of World Literature - Zhang Longxi 37. The Ethics of World Literature - Peter Hitchcock 38. The Politics of World Literature - Sanja Bahun 39. Uses of World Literature - Bruce Robbins 40. Gender and Sexuality in World Literature - Deborah Castillo 41. World Literature and the Environment - Ursula Heise 42. Mapping World Literature - Theo D’haen Part IV: The Geographical Dimension 43. World Literature and European Literature - Roberto Dainotto 44. World Literature and Latin American Literature - Djelal Kadir 45. World Literature and U. S. American Literature - Lawrence Buell 46. African Roads - Nirvana Tanoukhi 47. World Literature and East Asian literature - Red Chan 48. Constructions of World Literature in Colonial and Postcolonial India - Vinay Dharwadker 49. The Thousand and One Nights in Circulation - Sandra Naddaff 50. World Literature and Muslim Southeast Asia - Ronit Ricci Notes on Contributors Index
Theo D’haen is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at K.U. Leuven University, Belgium and has also worked in Holland, France and America. He is Editor-in-Chief of the European Review, and President of FILLM (Fédération Internationale des Langues et Littératures Modernes) 2008- 2012.
David Damrosch is Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature and Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. A past president of the American Comparative Literature Association, he is the founding general editor of the six-volume Longman Anthology of World Literature (2004).
Djelal Kadir is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University. He is the Founding President of the International American Studies Association and former Editor of the international quarterly World Literature Today.