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Transnationalism in Practice

Paul Giles

in Transnationalism in Practice

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748640492
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652129 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640492.003.0002
Transnationalism in Practice

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This chapter considers the practice of transnationalism as an academic methodology, focusing in particular upon the institutional problems that it highlights and the specific situations within which it might intervene. It evaluates whether transnationalism in its contemporary theoretical incarnation should be seen as different from the various moves to internationalise the study of literature and culture that have taken place at various times from the eighteenth century onwards. The chapter argues that transnationalism in practice can perform what might be described as a traditional scholarly function: the austere desublimation of worldly ceremony, the negative theology of spatial and rhetorical dislocation.

Keywords: transnationalism; academic methodology; institutional problems; literature; culture; worldly ceremony; rhetorical dislocation

Chapter.  3535 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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