By Emily Apter
Against international Literature: at the Politics of Untranslatability argues for a rethinking of comparative literature targeting the issues that emerge while large-scale paradigms of literary reviews forget about the politics of the 'Untranslatable'--the realm of these phrases which are constantly retranslated, mistranslated, transferred from language to language, or particularly proof against substitution.
In where of 'World Literature'--a dominant paradigm within the humanities, one grounded in market-driven notions of clarity and common appeal--Apter proposes a plurality of 'world literatures' orientated round philosophical ideas and geopolitical strain issues. The historical past and conception of the language that constructs international Literature is severely tested with a different specialize in Weltliteratur, literary global structures, narrative ecosystems, language borders and checkpoints, theologies of translation, and planetary devolution in a ebook set to revolutionize the self-discipline of comparative literature.
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