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ICI Berlin Press continues the series ‘Cultural Inquiry’, edited by Manuele Gragnolati and Christoph F. E. Holzhey, begun with Viennese publisher Turia + Kant in 2010 and listing seventeen titles to date (print editions of the first fourteen volumes are still available through Turia + Kant).
The series ‘Cultural Inquiry’ is dedicated to exploring how diverse cultures can be brought into fruitful rather than pernicious confrontation.
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The Work of World Literature
Ed. by Francesco Giusti
Benjamin Lewis Robinson
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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