German Literature as World Literature - Literatures as World Literature (Paperback)Professor Thomas Oliver Beebee (editor)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
[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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