On Lightness in World Literature

By bringing together such disparate sources, Scott makes a strong case for the universality of this particular aesthetic value, while also subjecting its underlying structural features to close critical scrutiny.

Author: B. Scott

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137346841

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 174

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Despite the apparent ubiquity of light literature, and despite the greater cultural prestige it has been afforded in recent decades, very little has been written on the adjective that actually defines this category. What, precisely, does it signify, and what are some of the key strategies by which the effect of lightness is achieved within literary discourse? In this original and engaging study, Bede Scott explores the aesthetic quality of lightness as demonstrated by a diverse range of narratives - spanning four different centuries and five different countries. In each case he focuses on a specific 'type' of lightness, whether it be the refined triviality of Sei Shonagon's Pillow Book, the ludic tendencies of Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis' Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas, or the 'exhilarating and primitive vitality' of Voltaire's Candide. By bringing together such disparate sources, Scott makes a strong case for the universality of this particular aesthetic value, while also subjecting to close critical scrutiny its underlying structural features.

On Lightness in World Literature

ON LIGHTNESS IN WORLD LITERATURE Copyright © Bede Scott, 2013. All rights reserved. First published in 2013 by PALGRAVE MACMILLAN® in the United States—a ...

Author: B. Scott

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137346841

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 174

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Despite the apparent ubiquity of light literature, and despite the greater cultural prestige it has been afforded in recent decades, very little has been written on the adjective that actually defines this category. What, precisely, does it signify, and what are some of the key strategies by which the effect of lightness is achieved within literary discourse? In this original and engaging study, Bede Scott explores the aesthetic quality of lightness as demonstrated by a diverse range of narratives - spanning four different centuries and five different countries. In each case he focuses on a specific 'type' of lightness, whether it be the refined triviality of Sei Shonagon's Pillow Book, the ludic tendencies of Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis' Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas, or the 'exhilarating and primitive vitality' of Voltaire's Candide. By bringing together such disparate sources, Scott makes a strong case for the universality of this particular aesthetic value, while also subjecting to close critical scrutiny its underlying structural features.

The Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion

Mikhail Bakhtin, Rabelais and his World, trans. ... Bede Scott, On Lightness in World Literature (New York: Palgrave, 2013), 112.

Author: Mark Knight

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135051100

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 454

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This unique and comprehensive volume looks at the study of literature and religion from a contemporary critical perspective. Including discussion of global literature and world religions, this Companion looks at: Key moments in the story of religion and literary studies from Matthew Arnold through to the impact of 9/11 A variety of theoretical approaches to the study of religion and literature Different ways that religion and literature are connected from overtly religious writing, to subtle religious readings Analysis of key sacred texts and the way they have been studied, re-written, and questioned by literature Political implications of work on religion and literature Thoroughly introduced and contextualised, this volume is an engaging introduction to this huge and complex field.

Magill s Survey of World Literature Kundera Osborne

To Tamina, the unbearable lightness of being represented by the island of
memoryless children is the ultimate nightmare: a world in which meaning
disappears and nothing matters. Like Tereza (even their names echo each other)
, Tamina ...

Author: Frank Northen Magill

Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Authors

Page: 2852

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A comprehensive survey of classic world literature with an emphasis on history, criticism, and mini-biographies of noted authors.

Approaches to World Literature

For a critique, see Gregory Jusdanis, “World Literature: The Unbearable Lightness of Thinking Globally,” Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies 12.

Author: Joachim Küpper

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3050064951

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 180

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The present volume introduces new considerations on the topic of “World Literature”, penned by leading representatives of the discipline from the United States, India, Japan, the Middle East, England, France and Germany. The essays revolve around the question of what, specifically in today's rapidly globalizing world, may be the productive implications of the concept of World Literature, which was first developed in the 18th century and then elaborated on by Goethe. The discussions include problems such as different script systems with varying literary functions, as well as questions addressing the relationship between ethnic self-description and cultural belonging. The contributions result from a conference that took place at the Dahlem Humanities Center, Freie Universität Berlin, in 2012.

Recognition and Ethics in World Literature

Light. The lightness was so sweet I tasted it on my tongue, the sweetness of an overripe bright yellow cashew fruit" (180). This image is quite different ...

Author: Vincent van Bever Donker

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 3838268474

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 270

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Recognition and Ethics in World Literature is a critical comparative study of contemporary world literature, focusing on the importance of the ethical turn (or return) in literary theory. The book examines the ethical engagement of novels by Amitav Ghosh, Chimamanda Adichie, Caryl Phillips, Kazuo Ishiguro, Zadie Smith, and J. M. Coetzee, exploring the overlap and divergence between Levinasian/Derridean and Aristotelian ethics. Recognitions and emotional responses are integral to the unfolding of ethical concerns, and the ethics they explore are often marked by the complexity and impurity characteristic of the tragic. Recognition is particularly suitable for the concerns of world literature authors in its interconnection of the universal and the particular—a binary that has been crucial in postcolonialism and remains important for the wider field of world literature. This study builds its analysis around three broad themes: religion, the memory of violence, and the human.

Politicising World Literature

His new novel, 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being,' is on the best-seller lists. Libération calls him 'cruel,' 'elegant,' 'virile,' as if he were next ...

Author: May Hawas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429535368

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Politicising World Literature: Egypt, Between Pedagogy and the Public engages with postcolonial and world literature approaches to examine the worldly imaginary of the novel genre and assert the political imperative to teaching world literature. How does canonising world literature relate to societal, political or academic reform? Alternating between close reading of texts and literary history, this monograph studies a corpus of novels and travelogues in English, Arabic, French, Czech and Italian to historicise Egypt’s literary relations with different parts of the world in both the modern period and the pre-modern period. In this rigorous study, May Hawas argues that protagonists, particularly in times of political crises, locate themselves as individuals with communal or political affiliations that supersede, if not actually resist, national affiliations.

Iqbal Poet Philosopher and His Place In World Literature

What impresses both the German and nonGerman scholars alike about Goethe's style is its lightness, ease, and grace. For instance, Heinrich Heine, ...

Author: Zafar M. Iqbal

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1503530361

Category: Poetry

Page: 402

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For most Urdu speakers in the Indian subcontinent, Iqbal has long been one of the most loved and admired poets. Much has been written about his poetry and philosophy . This book stays away from his politics. Iqbal first received recognition in the West in 1920 when his translation of Asrar-e-Khudi by R. A. Nicholson (The Secrets of the Self) first appeared. Most of the recurring criticism was on his concept of Khudi which Iqbal addressed then and later, explaining the basic nature of influence of much older Sufi philosophy on khudi versus Nietzsche’s Übermensch. Several authors, both from the subcontinent and the West, have translated Iqbal’s poetry before, and in this book have highlighted the positive outcomes over some controversies and confusion. This book presents translation of well over 150 of Iqbal’s Urdu poems from Kuliyaath-e-Iqbal and about 30 or so from Payam-e-Mashriq (PM), in Persian. Iqbal offered PM as a response to Goethe’s West-östlicher Diwan, in German. Goethe had long been interested in Eastern (rather, Middle Eastern) culture and his Divan was inspired by the fourteenth-century Persian poet Hafez/Hafiz/Hafis, which also involved some literary traverse through a different religio-philosophical territory. Translation from Urdu or Persian to English across a vast cultural, prosodic, and linguistic gulf presents enormous problems. Section “On Translation” discusses some of these issues. Although Iqbal’s philosophy has been covered from by many others before, some of Iqbal’s own explanation of Khudi in a larger historical Sufi context are discussed here. In addition, Iqbal’s own contribution to what Goethe called Weltliteratur (or world literature), is recognized in PM (mostly) and elsewhere in his Urdu Kuliyaath. Iqbal not just brought various Western themes and figures to Urdu literature, but presented them, with his own comments and interpretation, to a readership that may have been largely unfamiliar with these Western themes. The Appendices include important recognition Iqbal received in Germany.

The Shapes of Early English Poetry

“Old English literature is full of images of lightness, of a figure raising himself above the world with an agile leap, of a soul carried aloft by wings to ...

Author: Eric Weiskott

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110626608

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

View: 835

This volume contributes to the study of early English poetics. In these essays, several related approaches and fields of study radiate outward from poetics, including stylistics, literary history, word studies, gender studies, metrics, and textual criticism. By combining and redirecting these traditional scholarly methods, as well as exploring newer ones such as object-oriented ontology and sound studies, these essays demonstrate how poetry responds to its intellectual, literary, and material contexts. The contributors propose to connect the small (syllables, words, and phrases) to the large (histories, emotions, faiths, secrets). In doing so, they attempt to work magic on the texts they consider: turning an ordinary word into something strange and new, or demonstrating texture, difference, and horizontality where previous eyes had perceived only smoothness, sameness, and verticality.

World Literature in Theory

There is much talk about the moon; but it does not alter the landscape, its light is conceived to be as bright as day itself; and the interior of the houses ...

Author: David Damrosch

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118407687

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 544

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World Literature in Theory provides a definitive exploration of the pressing questions facing those studying world literature today. Coverage is split into four parts which examine the origins and seminal formulations of world literature, world literature in the age of globalization, contemporary debates on world literature, and localized versions of world literature Contains more than 30 important theoretical essays by the most influential scholars, including Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Hugo Meltzl, Edward Said, Franco Moretti, Jorge Luis Borges, and Gayatri Spivak Includes substantive introductions to each essay, as well as an annotated bibliography for further reading Allows students to understand, articulate, and debate the most important issues in this rapidly changing field of study

World Literature Today

and the volume concludes on an op - timistic note , also found in earlier sections ,
in a poem that accepts life as a process of con - stant change and transformation ,
the last words of which make up the volume ' s title : " No light is like the light ...

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Masterpieces of World Literature in Digest Form

Today the writer of light verse is lightness of touch , he displays none of free to
exercise his talent with traditional the solemnity with which his contempo
techniques , incongruous imagery , conraries fit serious language to serious texts
of ...

Author: Frank Northen Magill

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Books

Page: 1306

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Gives synopses of novels, plays, epics, essays, philosophical works, and poetry, along with principle characters and date of first publication or presentation.

Bulgarian Literature as World Literature

For Bulgarian readers, such an exposure provokes the uncanny effect of being voyeurs of their own global exhibiting under an ugly light.

Author: Mihaela P. Harper

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1501348124

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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Bulgarian Literature as World Literature examines key aspects and manifestations of 20th- and 21st-century Bulgarian literature by way of the global literary landscape. The first volume to bring together in English the perspectives of prominent writers, translators, and scholars of Bulgarian literature and culture, this long-overdue collection identifies correlations between national and world aesthetic ideologies and literary traditions. It situates Bulgarian literature within an array of contexts and foregrounds a complex interplay of changing internal and external forces. These forces shaped not only the first collaborative efforts at the turn of the 20th century to insert Bulgarian literature into the world's literary repository but also the work of contemporary Bulgarian diaspora authors. Mapping histories, geographies, economies, and genetics, the contributors assess the magnitudes and directions of such forces in order to articulate how a distinctly national, "minor" literature--produced for internal use and nearly invisible globally until the last decade--transforms into world literature today.

The Oxford Guide to Contemporary World Literature

Recent Czech history was more prominent in two later books , The Book of Laughter and Forgetting ( 1980 ) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being ( 1984 ) .

Author: John Sturrock

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192833181

Category: Literature, Modern

Page: 492

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opinion, the Guide offers a discriminating - and sometimes controversial - view of a broad range of contemporary literatures.

Affective Disorders

On Lightness in World Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. ——. 'Roberto Bolaño's 2666: Serial Murder and Narrative Necrosis.

Author: Bede Scott

Publisher: Postcolonialism Across the Dis

ISBN: 1786941708

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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Situated at the intersection of postcolonial studies, affect studies, and narratology, Affective Disorders explores the significance of emotion in a range of colonial and postcolonial narratives. Through close readings of Naguib Mahfouz, Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, and Upamanyu Chatterjee, among others, Bede Scott argues that literary representations of emotion need not be interpreted solely at the level of character, individual psychology, or the contingencies of plotting, but could also be related to broader sociopolitical forces. We thus find episodes of anger that serve as a collective response to the 'modernity' of wartime Cairo, feelings of jealousy that are inspired by the slave economy of imperial Brazil, and an overwhelming sense of boredom that emerges, in the late eighties, out of the bureaucratic procedures of the Indian Administrative Service. Affective Disorders also explores in some detail the formal consequences of these feelings - the way in which affective states such as anger or jealousy can often destabilize narratives, provoking crises of representation, generic ambivalence, and discursive rupture. By emphasizing the social origin of these emotions, and by analysing their influence on literary discourse, this study provides a deeper understanding of the relationship between various sociopolitical forces and the affective and aesthetic 'disorders' to which they give rise.

Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization

Gregory Jusdanis , “ World Literature : The Unbearable Lightness of Thinking Globally , " Diaspora 12 ( 2003 ) : 103–30 , conducts an extended critique of ...

Author: Haun Saussy

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801883804

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 261

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Focuses on the influence of multiculturalism as a concept transforming literary and cultural studies. This book offers a comprehensive survey of comparative criticism in the 1990s. It demonstrates that comparative critical strategies can provide insights into the world's changing, and increasingly colliding, cultures.

Guide to Modern World Literature

His best novel, Mr. Weston's Good Wine (1927), an allegory in which God appears in Dorset, has a lightness of touch and a gentleness that neutralize his ...

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Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1349064181

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Postmodern Traces and Recent Hindi Novels

On Lightness in World Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Shaikh, S. S., 2016. Postmodern Paradigm and Salman Rushdie's Fiction.

Author: Veronica Ghirardi

Publisher: Vernon Press

ISBN: 1648892000

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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Postmodernism is a notoriously elusive concept and still the object of critical debates among scholars across a range of different disciplines. In literature, in particular, these debates are complicated by “postmodern” styles emanating from outside the concept’s Western origins. By analyzing contemporary Hindi novels, and drawing on both Western and Hindi literary criticism, "Postmodern Traces and Recent Hindi Novels" aims to understand some of the manifestations of postmodernism in contemporary Hindi fiction, including ways the latter might challenge the traditional parameters of postmodern literature. This book is essential reading for scholars and students specializing in South Asian studies and both postcolonial and comparative literature. It will also interest the general reader curious to know more about one of the less explored areas of world literature.

The World s Literature

A broad simplicity , rusticity , so very different from the light gracefulness of the old
Greek paganism , distinguishes this Scandinavian system . It is thought ; the
genuine thought of deep , rude , earnest minds , fairly open to the things about
them ...

Author: Mary Elizabeth Burt

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Category: Literature

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Aspects of Contemporary World Literature

It is interpreted in the African concept of eschatology , because the image of whiteness and light signifies the fluid of the uterus and twilight symbolizes ...

Author: P. Bayapa Reddy

Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist

ISBN: 9788126909759

Category: American literature

Page: 368

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Festschrift volume dedicated to Kamjula Venkata Reddy, b. 1939, former Professor of English, Sri Krishnadevaraya University; contributed articles; some previously published.