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Worlds, Literature, Systems

Eric Hayot

in On Literary Worlds

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199926695
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980499 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926695.003.0003
Worlds, Literature, Systems

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This chapter examines various conceptions of world in world literature and world-systems. It argues for a better theory of the world, and of the relationship between the world and literature. Not to produce a mediating relay between world literature and world-systems, but to see whether focusing on the ontology of composed works can bring “world” differently into the scene. And to see, then, if such a theory makes any difference to our understanding of world literature or the history of worldedness as an aesthetic and cultural phenomenon—as a symptom and as a compass for the history, in other words, of totality as a function of the human imagination.

Keywords: world literature; world-systems; worldedness; history; aesthetic; cultural phenomenon

Chapter.  4109 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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