World literature and the problem of postcolonialism : aesthetics and dissent

  • This essay identifies in the materialist strand of world literature theory, especially Pascale Casanova and the Warwick Research Collective, a reliance upon a priori structures (the worldsystem) and prioritisation of the literary registration of inequality. By contrast, I contend, world-literary critics who wish to maintain the dissident spirit of postcolonialism ought to demonstrate a shared equality. By reference to the philosophies of Bruno Latour, Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Rancière, this essay sets out the case for an alternative to world-systems critique: one that maintains literature's potential for creating new forms of resistance, dissent, and, crucially, equality.

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Author:Lorna Burns
Parent Title (English):The work of world literature / ed. by Francesco Giusti and Benjamin Lewis Robinson ; Cultural Inquiry ; Vol. 19
Publisher:ICI Press
Place of publication:Berlin
Document Type:Part of a Book
Date of Publication (online):2021/05/04
Year of first Publication:2021
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2021/06/10
GND Keyword:Weltliteratur; Postkolonialismus; Latour, Bruno; Rancière, Jacques; Gleichheit; Dissens; Widerstand
Psyndex Keyword:Casanova, Pascale; Dissent; Equality; Postcolonialism; Warwick Research Collective; World literature
Page Number:18
First Page:58
Last Page:74
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 80 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft / 800 Literatur und Rhetorik
Sammlungen:CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft / ICI Berlin
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 4.0