Colonialism, World Literature, and the Making of the Modern Culture of Letters
Author(s): Baidik Bhattacharya
Publication Date: 8/2/2024
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In a radical and ambitious reconceptualization of the field, this book argues that global literary culture since the eighteenth century was fundamentally shaped by colonial histories. It offers a comprehensive account of the colonial inception of the literary sovereign – how the realm of literature was thought to be separate from history and politics – and then follows that narrative through a wide array of different cultures, multilingual archives, and geographical locations. Providing close studies of colonial archives, German philosophy of aesthetics, French realist novels, and English literary history, this book shows how colonialism shaped and reshaped modern literary cultures in decisive ways. It breaks fresh ground across disciplines such as literary studies, anthropology, history, and philosophy, and invites one to rethink the history of literature in a new light.
- Provides in-depth accounts of postcolonialism and world literature studies
- Introduces the idea of decolonization as a central rubric
- Offers a rethinking of literary studies