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World Modernisms, World Literature, and Comparativity

Susan Stanford Friedman

in The Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195338904
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195338904.013.0021

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 World Modernisms, World Literature, and Comparativity

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What should modernist studies do to adapt to the growing globalization of the field? This article reviews the new paradigms for studying world literature and the debates about comparativity that are most relevant to modernist studies, suggesting some different comparative strategies for reading modernism on a planetary scale. To attain a fully planetary reach, however, modernist studies must break out of the Eurocentric center/periphery and diffusionist models of reading that have dominated the field. To foster both deep contextualization and global breadth, a comparative modernist studies on a planetary scale requires a collaborative effort on the part of many scholars working in different ways.

Keywords: global modernism; globalization; Eurocentric models; comparative modernist studies

Article.  12408 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Postcolonial Literature) ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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