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:

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This introductory chapter discusses cosmopolitanism as a solution for globalisation. It notes that this cannot happen without first addressing the question of how individuals and communities might learn to go about living with everyone else in the world, instead of simply coexisting. The chapter then studies the creative and literary-cultural phenomenology as particular expressions of the contemporary, and also considers the cosmopolitan novel, which represents global human living and global community. It furthermore identifies the two events that serve as the origins of ‘the contemporary’, namely the World Trade Center attacks and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Finally, the chapter looks at the introduction of sociological concepts of globalisation into literary studies.

Keywords: cosmopolitanism; globalisation; contemporary expressions; literary-cultural phenomenology; cosmopolitan novel; sociological concepts; literary studies; World Trade Center; Berlin Wall

Chapter.  14377 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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