Literature Across Boundaries

Keynote address delivered at the 6th International KTUDELL Conference, 17-18 May 2017

  • Dimitrios Kargiotis University of Ioannina
Keywords: world literature, comperative literature, literary history, literary theory, discipline

Abstract

This article discusses some theoretical issues raised by the category of world literature, a term used frequently nowadays, and whose paternity is generally attributed to Goethe. The article inscribes Goethe’s proposition for a novel way to consider literary writing into the larger context in which it appears; furthermore, it relates it to the broader cosmopolitan ideal of the times, which constituted the ideological, cultural and theoretical foundation of the new field of comparative literature that emerged in that context. The article raises a series of questions on history and theory of literature pertaining to this twofold emergence of the object and its corresponding discipline, and relates them to the double content of the term world literature, considered both as a determinable literary canon and as a theoretical problem regarding the circulation of cultural goods.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

References

Bloom, Harold. The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1994.

Brown, Marshall. “Multum in Parvo; or, Comparison in Lilliput.” Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization. Ed. Haun Saussy. Baltimore : The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006. 249-258.

Casanova, Pascale. La république mondiale des lettres. Paris: Seuil, 1999.

Culler, Jonathan. “Comparative Literature, at Last.” Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization. Ed. Haun Saussy. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006. 237-248.

Curtius, Ernst Robert. “Éléments de l’univers de Goethe.” Essais sur la littérature européenne, Tr. Claude David. Paris: Bernard Grasset, 1954.

Damrosch, David. What Is World Literature?. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003.

- - - . “World Literature in a Postcanonical, Hypercanonical Age.” Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization. Ed. Haun Saussy. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006. 43-53.

Ferris, David. “Indiscipline.” Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization. Ed. Haun Saussy. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006. 78-99.

Garland, Henry and Mary (ed.). The Oxford Companion to German Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 31997.

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang. Goethes Briefe und Briefe an Goethe. Hamburger Ausgabe. Vol. IV. Ed. Karl Robert Mandelkow. Hamburg: C. H. Beck, 1967.

- - - . Conversations With Eckermann (1823-1832). Tr. John Oxenford. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1984.

- - - . Essays on Art and Literature. Ed. John Gearey. Tr. Ellen von Nardroff and Ernest H. von Nardroff. New York: Suhrkamp, 1986.

- - - . Sämtliche Werke nach Epochen seines Schaffens. Münchner Ausgabe. Vol. ΧΙΧ. Ed. Heinz Schlaffer. München: Hanser Verlag, 1986.

- - - . Die Schriften zur Naturwissenschaft. Leopoldina Ausgabe. Vol. XI: Aufsätze, Fragmente, Studien zur Naturwissenschaft im allgemeinen. Ed. Dorothea Kuhn and Wolf von Engelhardt. Weimar: Hermann Böhlaus Nachfolger, 1970.

- - - . Über Kunst und Alterthum. Stuttgart: Cottatchen Buchhandlung, 1827.

Grafton, Anthony, with April Shelford and Nancy Siraisi. New Worlds, Ancient Texts: The Power of Tradition and the Shock of Discovery. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1992.

Greene Ronald. “Not Works but Networks: Colonial Worlds in Comparative Literature.” Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization. Ed. Haun Saussy. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006. 212-223.

Guillory, John. Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1993.

Hoesel-Uhlig, Stefan. “Changing Fields: The Directions of Goethe’s Weltliteratur.” Debating World Literature. Ed. Christopher Prendergast. New York: Verso, 2004. 26-53.

Moretti, Franco. “Conjectures on World Literature.” Ed. Christopher Prendergast. Debating World Literature. New York: Verso, 2004. 148-162.

Pradeau, Christophe. “Un drakkar sur le lac Léman.” Où est la littérature mondiale?. Ed. Christophe Pradeau and Tiphaine Samoyault. Saint Denis: Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 2005. 65-81.

Pradeau, Christophe and Tiphaine Samoyault (ed.). Où est la littérature mondiale?. Saint Denis : Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 2005.

Prendergast, Christopher (ed.). Debating World Literature. New York: Verso, 2004.

Readings, Bill. The University in Ruins. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1996.

Saussy, Haun, (ed.). Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.

- - - .“Exquisite Cadavers Stitched from Fresh Nightmares: Of Memes, Hives, and Selfish Genes.” Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization. Ed. Haun Saussy. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. 2006. 3-42.

Williams, Raymond. Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society. New York: Oxford University Press, 21983.
Published
2017-06-30
How to Cite
Kargiotis, D. (2017, June 30). Literature Across Boundaries. Journal of Narrative and Language Studies, 5(8), 1-10. Retrieved from http://nalans.com/index.php/nalans/article/view/68
Section
Conference Proceedings