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By Ali Behdad, Dominic Thomas

A spouse to Comparative Literature provides a suite of greater than thirty unique essays from demonstrated and rising students, which discover the historical past, present kingdom, and way forward for comparative literature.
• gains over thirty unique essays from prime overseas participants
• offers a serious overview of the prestige of literary and cross-cultural inquiry
• Addresses the heritage, present kingdom, and way forward for comparative literature
• Chapters deal with such subject matters because the courting among translation and transnationalism, literary concept and rising media, the way forward for nationwide literatures in an period of globalization, gender and cultural formation throughout time, East-West cultural encounters, postcolonial and diaspora experiences, and different experimental methods to literature and tradition.

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Do the economic terms of the current crisis obscure the extent to which the humanities have sustained themselves? Here the humanities has taken its lead from Comparative Literature by making uncertainty about how to define their significance become the subject of a limitless reflection, in effect, transforming Cartesian self doubt into a cultural project but forgetting, as Kierkegaard pointed out, to question the instrumental purpose of that doubt, namely, to develop the “content of a concept” where no content was evident or could be positively agreed upon.

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The choice facing the future of Comparative Literature is then whether it can bring focus to the methodological basis of humanistic study or whether it will displace this opportunity, once again, by identifying yet another body of material in which to relocate its comparative practices: Europe, multiculturalism, globalization, economics … as reflection becomes simply another mirror in which to see itself. If it does the former, then the crisis of definition into which it periodically places itself can be seen as a structure of its history, as a means by which it registers a fundamental issue at the center of its practice.

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