German Literature as World Literature - Literatures as World Literature (Paperback)
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German Literature as World Literature - Literatures as World Literature (Paperback)

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This new collection investigates German literature in its international dimensions. While no single volume can deal comprehensively with such a vast topic, the nine contributors cover a wide historical range, with a variety of approaches and authors represented. Together, the essays begin to adumbrate the systematic nature of the relations between German national literature and world literature as these have developed through institutions, cultural networks, and individual authors. In the last two decades, discussions of world literature-literature that resonates beyond its original linguistic and cultural contexts-have come increasingly to the forefront of theoretical investigations of literature. One reason for the explosion of world literature theory, pedagogy and methodology is the difficulty of accomplishing either world literature criticism, or world literary history. The capaciousness, as well as the polylingual and multicultural features of world literature present formidable obstacles to its study, and call for a collaborative approach that conjoins a variety of expertise. To that end, this collection contributes to the critical study of world literature in its textual, institutional, and translatorial reality, while at the same time highlighting a question that has hitherto received insufficient scholarly attention: what is the relation between national and world literatures, or, more specifically, in what senses do national literatures systematically participate in (or resist) world literature?

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
ISBN: 9781501317712
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm


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Part 1 is recommended particularly for Goethe scholars and is of interest more generally as an exploration of the tradition of intersections that Beebee discusses in his "World-Literature Model" ... the second part offers a wealth of expertise on how individual modern authors helped shape the concept of world literature ... German Literature as World Literature is a must read for Germanists who study modern literature and other scholars interested in the concepts of national literary canons and world literature. Readers will benefit greatly from this highly rewarding collection. * Goethe Yearbook *
[German Literature as World Literature] includes nine discrete essays arranged in three parts, all with headings in both German and English that highlight the difficulty of finding equivalent terms in translation. More than a simple nod to Emily Apter's challenge of 'untranslatability' in her Against World Literature (2013), such attention to detail is representative of the careful and reflective way in which Beebee treats the subject matter and of his solid grounding on the theoretical questions at hand. ... German Literature as World Literature engages with traditional understandings of German literary history without in any way merely duplicating them. ... All of its essays are relevant and meaningful contributions to the debate. * Journal of European Studies *
In his wide-ranging introduction, Beebee explores some of the traditions, conflicting concepts, and critical potential of WL for expanding and altering the confines of German national literature ... Overall, the volume offers an excellent introduction to the debate on (German) world literature. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -- M. Shafi, University of Delaware * CHOICE *
Beebee is shrewd in outlining how the attitudes, techniques, and outcomes of practices labelled 'translation' reveal fresh ways to construe the diverse embodiments of the intellectual in modern Germany ... [and] the individual contributions to German Literature as World Literature draw out many neglected cross-cultural interactions and factions. * Translation and Literature *
Thomas O. Beebee's volume with new studies by leading scholars on the interrelation between German and World Literature is a most welcome contribution to contemporary discussions on the trans-national dimension of cultures. The essays show how 'national literatures are elliptical refractions of world literature' and that German literature has been imbricated in other cultural traditions. Hopefully other experts of national literatures feel inspired to come up with similarly insightful publications. -- Paul Michael Lutzeler, Rosa May Distinguished University Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Max Kade Center for Contemporary German Literature, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
For far too long, the only role that the German tradition has played in the flourishing discussions surrounding "world literature" is to have given the field its name. The present volume corrects this deficit and shows how German literature interacts with the world at large. It should be required reading for anyone interested in the future of German studies in the twenty-first century! * Tobias Boes, Associate Professor of German Language and Literature, University of Notre Dame, USA *
German Literature as World Literature is an ambitious anthology with nine wide-ranging contributions addressing relations between German-language literatures and the world literature debates popular in comparative literature circles ... The volume deserves a broad readership. The volume makes new cases for the reemergence of germanophone literatures into discussions of world literature and points toward the work still needing to be done by Germanists in redefining their projects within the newest generation of literary studies. * Comparative Literature Studies *

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