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The Work of World Literature

Edited by Francesco Giusti
and Benjamin Lewis Robinson

Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2021
Cover design: Studio Bens with an image by Claudia Peppel, collage detail,
            2013
Cover design: Studio Bens with an image by Claudia Peppel, collage detail, 2013

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.

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

Cultural Inquiry, 19
ISSN (Print): 2627-728X
ISSN (Online): 2627-731X

DOI: https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-19