By Emily Apter
Against global Literature: at the Politics of Untranslatability argues for a rethinking of comparative literature targeting the issues that emerge whilst large-scale paradigms of literary reports forget about the politics of the 'Untranslatable'--the realm of these phrases which are consistently retranslated, mistranslated, transferred from language to language, or particularly immune to 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 recommendations and geopolitical strain issues. The heritage and thought of the language that constructs global Literature is seriously tested with a unique specialise in Weltliteratur, literary international structures, narrative ecosystems, language borders and checkpoints, theologies of translation, and planetary devolution in a e-book set to revolutionize the self-discipline of comparative literature.
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Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability by Emily Apter