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Politics of Cross-Cultural Reading

Tagore, Ben Jelloun and Fo in English


Marion Dalvai

The last two decades have witnessed an upsurge in scholarship on world literature. In most of this work world literature is understood as a concept in intellectual history, as a cultural system or as a curriculum to be taught. Grounded in three empirical case studies, this book complements such approaches by asking what world literature in English is or has been and what role authoritative readers (translators, editors, publishers, academics and literary critics) play in constituting it as a field for others.
The ambivalent position of English as a roadblock to international visibility and as a necessary intermediary for other literary languages justifies a particular attention to what is presented as world literature in English. By emphasizing the constitutive function of cross-cultural reading, the book encourages reflection on the discrepancy between what is actually read as world literature and what might potentially be read in this way.
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Gillian Beer, University of Cambridge Helena Buescu, University of Lisbon Laura Caretti, University of Siena Remo Ceserani, Stanford University Maria DiBattista, Princeton University Djelal Kadir, Penn State University Javed Majeed, King’s College London John Neubauer, University of Amsterdam Galin Tihanov, Queen Mary, University of London Marina Warner, University of Essex

New Comparative Criticism is dedicated to innovative research in literary and cultural studies. It invites contributions with a comparative, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary focus, including comparative studies of themes, genres, and periods, and research in the following fields: literary and cultural theory; material and visual cultures; reception studies; cultural history; comparative gender studies and performance studies; diasporas and migration studies; transmediality. The series is especially interested in research that articulates and examines new developments in comparative literature, in the English-speaking world and beyond. It seeks to advance methodological reflection on comparative literature, and aims to encourage critical dialogue between scholars of comparative literature at an international level. New Comparative Criticism publishes the proceedings of Synapsis: European School for Comparative Studies. Proposals are welcome for either single-author monographs or edited collections. Please provide a detailed outline, a sample chapter, and a CV. For further information, please contact the series editor: Florian Mussgnug (

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