By Natalie Melas
This e-book is set tradition and comparability. beginning with the historical past of the self-discipline of comparative literature and its forgotten relation to the positivist comparative process, it inquires into the assumption of comparability in a postcolonial global. comparability was once Eurocentric by means of exclusion whilst it utilized in simple terms to eu literature, and Eurocentric via discrimination while it tailored evolutionary versions to put eu literature on the leading edge of human improvement. This booklet argues that inclusiveness isn't a adequate reaction to postcolonial and multiculturalist demanding situations since it leaves the foundation of equivalence unquestioned. the purpose isn't just to deliver extra items lower than comparability, yet really to envision the method of comparability. The publication bargains a brand new method of the either/or of relativism and universalism, during which comparability is both most unlikely or assimilatory, through focusing as an alternative on a number of varieties of “incommensurability”—comparisons within which there's a flooring for comparability yet no foundation for equivalence. every one bankruptcy develops a selected type of such cultural comparability from readings of vital novelists (Joseph Conrad, Simone Schwartz-Bart), poets (Aimé Césaire, Derek Walcott), and theorists (Edouard Glissant, Jean-Luc Nancy).
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