World Literature and Dissent reconsiders the role of dissent in contemporary global literature. Bringing together scholars of world and postcolonial literatures, the contributors explore the aesthetics of resistance through concepts including the epistemology of ignorance, the rhetoric of innocence, the subversion of paying attention, and the radical potential of everydayness.
Addressing a broad range of examples, from the Maghrebian humanist Ibn Khaldun to India’s Facebook poets and examining writers such as Langston Hughes, Ben Okri, Sara Uribe, and Merle Collins, this highly relevant book reframes the field of world literature in relation to dissenting politics and aesthetic. It asks the urgent question: how critical practice might cultivate radical thought, further social justice, and value human expression?
Introduction Lorna Burns and Katie Muth Part 1: Dissent (In Theory) 1. Dissent in the Reign of Ignorance, or Parsing the Epistemology of Empire Djelal Kadir 2. The Problem of Dissent Katie Muth 3. Paying Attention: Philosophy and Literature as Strong Therapy for the Information Age Dominic Smith 4. Rhetoric of Innocence or Literary Dissent? Franco Moretti, World-Systems Theory and The Case of Magical Realism Lorna Burns 5. Khaldunia: The Literary Politics of Radical Arabic Humanism Timothy Brennan Part 2: Dissident Literatures 6. Everyday Dissent: Colonised Lifeworlds in Postwar Poetry Nick Lawrence 7. Facebook Poet: Poetic Dissent and Social Media in Contemporary India Anindya Raychaudhuri 8. Writing the Necropolitical: Notes Around the Idea of Mexican Anti-World Literature Ignacio M. Sánchez-Prado 9. World Literature, Revolution, and Ecology Sharae Deckard 10. Negative Enchantment Mads Rosendahl Thomsen