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The Work of World Literature

Ed. by Francesco Giusti
Benjamin Lewis Robinson
Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2021
ISBN (Paperback): 978-3-96558-011-4 | 12.50 EUR | 264 pp. | 20.3 cm x 12.7 cm
ISBN (Hardcover): 978-3-96558-012-1 | 25.00 EUR | 264 pp. | 20.3 cm x 12.7 cm
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The contentious discourse around world literature tends to stress the ‘world’ in the phrase. This volume, in contrast, asks what it means to approach world literature by inflecting the question of the literary. Debates for, against, and around ‘world literature’ have brought renewed attention to the worldly aspects of the literary enterprise. Literature is studied with regard to its sociopolitical and cultural references, contexts and conditions of production, circulation, distribution, and translation. But what becomes of the literary when one speaks of world literature? Responding to Derek Attridge’s theory of how literature ‘works’, the contributions in this volume explore in diverse ways and with attention to a variety of literary practices what it might mean to speak of ‘the work of world literature’. The volume shows how attention to literariness complicates the ethical and political conundrums at the centre of debates about world literature.

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Title
The Work of World Literature
Editor(s)
Francesco Giusti
Benjamin Lewis Robinson
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The contentious discourse around world literature tends to stress the ‘world’ in the phrase. This volume, in contrast, asks what it means to approach world literature by inflecting the question of the literary. Debates for, against, and around ‘world literature’ have brought renewed attention to the worldly aspects of the literary enterprise. Literature is studied with regard to its sociopolitical and cultural references, contexts and conditions of production, circulation, distribution, and translation. But what becomes of the literary when one speaks of world literature? Responding to Derek Attridge’s theory of how literature ‘works’, the contributions in this volume explore in diverse ways and with attention to a variety of literary practices what it might mean to speak of ‘the work of world literature’. The volume shows how attention to literariness complicates the ethical and political conundrums at the centre of debates about world literature.
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Berlin
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ICI Berlin Press
Date
2021
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19
Subject
world literature
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The Work of World Literature
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264
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ISBN (Paperback): 978-3-96558-011-4 | 12.50 EUR | 264 pp. | 20.3 cm x 12.7 cm
ISBN (Hardcover): 978-3-96558-012-1 | 25.00 EUR | 264 pp. | 20.3 cm x 12.7 cm
ISBN (PDF): 978-3-96558-013-8 | Open Access | 264 pp. | 2MB
ISBN (EPUB): 978-3-96558-022-0 | Open Access | 1.6MB
Bibliographic Citation
The Work of World Literature, ed. by Francesco Giusti and Benjamin Lewis Robinson, Cultural Inquiry, 19 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2021) <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-19>