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Across Literary and Linguistic Diversities

Essays on Comparative Literature

Edited By Goethe Society of India, Madhu Sahni and Mazumdar Shaswati

Comparative literary studies face new challenges today in a world marked by the migration of people, languages, ideas and texts across diverse and increasingly porous borders. The field is restricted by conventional notions of comparativism born in the era of nationalism and colonialism. However, scholars are now provoked to rethink these notions as a result of the social, economic and political forces that drive the contemporary world, which simultaneously draw it into an ever tighter global network and create new, or reassert persisting, lines of division.
What are the conceptual and methodological questions that must engage our attention if comparativism, as recent debates suggest, has to revive its critical potential and chart afresh the future of literary studies? The essays in this volume attempt to rethink comparison in this context through theoretical reflections and concrete comparative analyses. They investigate similarities and differences, connections and references, across diverse literary and linguistic cultures in Indian, German and other European literatures.
This volume is the 2014 Yearbook of the Goethe Society of India.
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VAIBHAV ABNAVE is presently a doctoral candidate at the Center for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is also a film maker.

SWATI ACHARYA is a Lecturer in German at the Ranade Institute, Pune University, Maharashtra.

JULIA AFIFI is currently the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Assistant Professor at the Centre of German Studies of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

DOROTHEE KIMMICH is Professor of Literature and Culture Studies, University of Tübingen and heads the Tübinger Poetik-Dozentur.

SOMA MUKHERJEE is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of English and Other Modern European Languages at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, West Bengal.

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