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Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability

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Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability

Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability By Emily Apter
2013 | 240 Pages | ISBN: 1844679705 | EPUB | 6 MB


Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability argues for a rethinking of comparative literature focusing on the problems that emerge when large-scale paradigms of literary studies ignore the politics of the Untranslatable;—the realm of those words that are continually retranslated, mistranslated, transferred from language to language, or especially resistant to substitution. In the place of World Literature;—a dominant paradigm in the humanities, one grounded in market-driven notions of readability and universal appeal—Apter proposes a plurality of world literatures; oriented around philosophical concepts and geopolitical pressure points. The history and theory of the language that constructs World Literature is critically examined with a special focus on Weltliteratur, literary world systems, narrative ecosystems, language borders and checkpoints, theologies of translation, and planetary devolution in a book set to revolutionize the discipline of comparative literature.