Coda: The Cosmopolitan Imagination

Berthold Schoene

in The Cosmopolitan Novel

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638154
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651795 | DOI:
Coda: The Cosmopolitan Imagination

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This chapter reviews the question of how globalisation can be turned to the people's advantage in order to benefit humankind, and also re-examines the role of literature in acknowledging the actual position of humans within the world. It studies the greatest cosmopolitan challenge, which is to inspire global politics that evade the pitfalls of both atomisation and totalisation. The chapter also discusses the role of art and literature in providing the cosmopolitan imagination needed to guide a fundamental shift in the way people conceive themselves in relation to one another. It concludes that it is possible to detect a world-creative consciousness which is starting to stir within the imaginative realm of the modern British novel.

Keywords: globalisation; literature; art; cosmopolitan challenge; global politics; atomisation; totalisation; cosmopolitan imagination; world-creative consciousness; modern British novel

Chapter.  3073 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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