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Scales of Comparison: The Paths of Comparative Literature And the Return of ‘World Literature’ (Galin Tihanov, Queen Mary University of London)

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In this talk Professor Tihanov traces the early flourishing, subsequent languishing, and, eventually, rapid rehabilitation of "world literature" as a particular discourse on literature. The continuous history of "world literature" as a discourse is interrupted by the long domination of "comparative literature" which operates a different scale of comparison. To understand why "world literature" fails to gain prominence until the early 21st century, despite its early visibility from the 1770s to the mid-nineteenth century, we need to explain the factors that facilitate the rise of "comparative literature" as a competing prism. It is in this context that Professor Tihanov briefly addresses, at the end of this talk, the return of "world literature" as a discourse responding more adequately (though far from unproblematically) to a transnationally organised world.

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