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A Companion to Comparative Literature


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List of Contributors viii Introduction 1 Ali Behdad and Dominic Thomas Part I Roadmaps 13 1 A Discipline of Tolerance 15 Rey Chow 2 Why Compare? 28 David Ferris 3 Method and Congruity: The Odious Business of Comparative Literature 46 David Palumbo-Liu 4 Comparisons, World Literature, and the Common Denominator 60 Haun Saussy 5 Comparative Literature in America: Attempt at a Genealogy 65 Kenneth Surin Part II Theoretical Directions 73 6 The Poiein of Secular Criticism 75 Stathis Gourgouris 7 Vanishing Horizons: Problems in the Comparison of China and the West 88 Eric Hayot 8 Art and Literature in the Liquid Modern Age: On Richard Wollheim, Zygmunt Bauman and Yves Michaud 108 Efrain Kristal 9 A Literary Object s Contextual Life 120 Michael Lucey 10 The Theater of Comparative Literature 136 Sharon Marcus Part III Disciplinary Intersections 155 11 What Pictures Tell Us about the Letter: Visual and Literary Practices in Latin America 157 Jorge Coronado 12 If There s a Text in this Class, Where Did it Come From? Or, What Does Marilyn Monroe Have to do With The Sorrows of Young Man Werther? 176 Richard Maxwell and Toby Miller 13 Comparative Literature in the Age of Digital Humanities: On Possible Futures for a Discipline 193 Todd Presner 14 Comparing Pain: Theoretical Explorations of Suffering and Working Towards the Particular 208 Zoe Norridge 15 Comparativism, Transfers, Entangled History: Sociological Perspectives on Literature 225 Gisele Sapiro Part IV Linguistic Trajectories 237 16 Orphaned Language: Traumatic Crossings in Literature and History 239 Cathy Caruth 17 Contested Grammars: Comparative Literature, Translation, and the Challenge of Locality 254 Simon Gikandi 18 Comparative Literature and the Global Languagescape 273 Mary Louise Pratt 19 Persian Incursions: The Transnational Dynamics of Persian Literature 296 Nasrin Rahimieh 20 Rudimentariness as Home 312 Mireille Rosello Part V Postcolonial Mobilities 333 21 Afro-European Studies: Emerging Fields and New Directions 335 Allison Van Deventer and Dominic Thomas 22 The Comparative and the Relational: Meditations on Racial Method 357 David Theo Goldberg 23 Kidnapped Narratives: Mobility without Autonomy and the Nation/Novel Analogy 369 Deborah Jenson 24 Counterpoint and Double Critique in Edward Said and Abdelkebir Khatibi: A Transcolonial Comparison 387 Francoise Lionnet 25 How French Studies Became Transnational; Or Postcolonialism as Comparatism 408 David Murphy 26 Towards a Planetary Reading of Postcolonial and American Imaginative Eco-Graphies 421 Sangeeta Ray Part VI Global Connections 437 27 Terrestrial Humanism: Edward W. Said and the Politics of World Literature 439 Emily Apter 28 Logics and Contexts of Circulation 454 Brian T. Edwards 29 Worlds in Collision: The Languages and Locations of World Literature 473 Charles Forsdick 30 The Trouble with World Literature 490 Graham Huggan Index 507

About the Author

Ali Behdad is John Charles Hillis Professor ofComparative Literature and Chair of English Department atUCLA. He is the author of Belated Travelers: Orientalism in theAge of Colonial Dissolution (1995) and A Forgetful Nation:On Immigration and Cultural Identity in the United States(2005). Dominic Thomas is Madeleine L. Letessier Professorof French and Francophone Studies and Professor of ComparativeLiterature at the University of California, Los Angeles. He hasedited several volumes on cultural and political topics and is theauthor of Black France: Colonialism, Immigration andTransnationalism (2007) and Africa and France:Postcolonial Cultures, Migration and Racism (2013).

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