Mark Wollaeger

in The Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195338904
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks


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This article introduces the main themes and goals of this handbook on global modernisms. The collective goal of the different articles in the collection has been to open a comparative space within Anglophone scholarship for discussion of a wide range of foreign language productions. A good deal of the vitality of modernist studies over the last decade or so has derived from various efforts to destabilize what is meant by “modernism,” and the emergence of what is now commonly called the new modernist studies bears on the kind of definitional complications exacerbated by the global turn in criticism. Comparisons that both enable and derive from the recognition of similarity present a range of theoretical challenges. That is why national literature departments interested in global approaches need to emulate programs in comparative literature, which have long devoted attention to the challenges of comparison.

Keywords: modernist studies; global modernism; literary movements; Anglophone scholarship; comparative literature

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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