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Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability

  title={Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability},
  author={Emily S Apter},
The book engages in a polemical critique of recent efforts to revive World Literature models of literary studies (Moretti, Casanova, etc) on the grounds that they construct their curricula on an assumption of translatability. As a result, incommensurability and what Apter calls the "untranslatable" are insufficiently built into the literary heuristic. Drawing on philosophies of translation developed by de Man, Derrida, Sam Weber, Barbara Johnson, Abdelfattah Kilito and Edouard Glissant, as well… 
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Rethinking World Literature Studies in Latin American and Spanish Contexts
This issue presents a collection of essays which address, from the perspectives of distinct critical traditions, the epistemological framework and central problems of World Literature Studies—both
Literary Fortresses: Translation and "World Literature" in Y. Ḥ Brenner's Beyond the Borders and "From the World of Our Literature"
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Writing World Literature: Approaches from the Maghreb
  • J. Hiddleston
  • Art
    PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
  • 2016
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The “Goethean” Discourses on Weltliteratur and the Origins of Comparative Literature: The Cases of Hugo Meltzl and Hutcheson Macaulay Posnett
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Literatura Nullius: The Untranslatability of Eduardo Lalo and the Multirelation of the Puerto Rican Intellectual
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The Problematic and Pragmatic Pedagogy of World Literature
In addressing the reemergence of world literature as a discipline, critics such as Emily Apter and Gayatri Spivak gesture to the problem of the scale of world literature in trying to preserve the
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Engineers of the human soul: readers, writers, and their political education
  • L. Gearon
  • Art
    British Journal of Educational Studies
  • 2019
ABSTRACT In the light of recent attempts to construct ‘literature pedagogy’ for cosmopolitan, ‘globalizing’, political ends, this article provides here some stark reminders about the educational, not