Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability argues for a rethinking of comparative literature focusing on the problems that emerge when. In Against World Literature Emily Apter uses the concept of Untranslatables to locate differences in thought that are conditioned by language. by. Emily Apter. · Rating details · 50 ratings · 8 reviews. Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability argues for a rethinking of comparative.

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Franco Moretti, Graphs, Maps, Trees: In this moment of dispossession of the Humanities, we needed just that book to clarify matters and move beyond the contradictions. A stimulating series of inter-linked essays that consider how the Untranslatable acts as a specter haunting comparative studies, often serving an instrumental function as a placeholder for that which cannot be thought.

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Some of his work is guilty of an uncritical enthusiasm for the scientific method empirical testing of hypotheses, quantified data models in a field to which agalnst is poorly suited. It seems fanciful, given our current political climate and the attitudes of much againxt the public. It is as if the critique of literature and other cultures from a position of political commitment is political action in and of itself.

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But this puts the cart of ideology before the horse of material circumstance. The idea of a national literature effectively drafts literature to fulfill a patriotic duty, to confer cultural prestige on its country of origin.

Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability

She seems sympathetic to the emergent philosophical currents of speculative realism, quoting several of its leading rmily Graham Harman, Quentin Meillassoux and Ray Brassier. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

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If anything just read the introduction. Tokyo Tarareba Girls 4. Questioning the worldliness in world literature, Apter invokes untranslatability, both linguistic and socio-historic of various geo-political paradigms to counter a unipolar discourse on the same.

While the political sphere in Western democracies has been narrowing to a technocratic set of choices in submission to the markets, supposedly radical and subversive theories have literatuer up everywhere in the humanities, full of grand political ambition, but with no possibility of having a meaningful effect on the material circumstances of the various groups whose interests they are intended to champion.

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Various and varied positions with a universalist tendency Hegel, Marx, Badiou have, throughout modernity, been in tension with the hermeneutic tradition Heidegger, Gadamer and its legacy in poststructuralism Derrida, Deleuze. Book titles OR Journal titles.

Against World Literature has an astonishing woeld of critical and literary reference, with the introduction moving rapidly through an overview of world literature today, translation eimly, the philosophy of Walter Benjamin and Wittgenstein, theology and language, and culminating in an attempt to “conjugate” the abstruse writings of Alain Badiou with those of the French philosopher of language Barbara Cassin This gave ammunition to those colleagues in single-language literature departments, who tended to view the whole notion of Comparative Literature as wprld, the domain of the dilettante and the dabbler.

Please leave this field empty. Rent from DeepDyve Recommend. Arguing against the provincialization of culture and the de Emily Apter problematizes the notion of world literature, as an academic discipline and literary trend as complacent with the neo-liberal capitalist ideology which needs to reinvigorate itself in order for it not to be politically ineffectual.

Ultimately, the problem, which abounds in comparatists, is that knowing one more language other than English is insufficient. Lists with This Book. It is not so much against world literature, as such, but a much needed apprehension when being swept by aprer into the field, particularly in the context of its current associations with North-American curriculums.

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