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Introduction: Thinking Literature across Continents

Introduction: Thinking Literature across Continents Introduction: Thinking Literature across Continents kenneth womack Monmouth University As we mark the twentieth anniversary of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory, this special issue underscores the inherent and ongoing value of multidisciplinary critical inquiry. With the second decade of our young century slouching toward its fru- ition, globalism has become increasingly beset by political and cultural hostility. Entitled “Thinking Literature across Continents,” this special number addresses the “how and why” of literary study in a transnational context. In this special issue, the contributors challenge us to reconsider our own critical perspectives vis-à-vis a wide range of literary works and gen- res. In their important volume i Th nking Literature across Continents (2016), Ghosh and his coauthor J. Hillis Miller interrogate our contemporary anal- yses of world literature, pedagogy, and the ethics of literary study itself. As Ghosh observes in his introductory remarks to in Th king Literature across Continents, “the trans-moment or trans-now is about enacting a communication—difficult and debatable—between apparently incompat- ible paradigms of thought and concepts” (5). Indeed, it is these seemingly “incompatible paradigms of thought and concepts” that merit our most fervent critical energies during these turbulent times in which ideas of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Interdisciplinary Literary Studies Penn State University Press

Introduction: Thinking Literature across Continents

Interdisciplinary Literary Studies , Volume 20 (2) – Jun 15, 2018

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Introduction: Thinking Literature across Continents kenneth womack Monmouth University As we mark the twentieth anniversary of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory, this special issue underscores the inherent and ongoing value of multidisciplinary critical inquiry. With the second decade of our young century slouching toward its fru- ition, globalism has become increasingly beset by political and cultural hostility. Entitled “Thinking Literature across Continents,” this special number addresses the “how and why” of literary study in a transnational context. In this special issue, the contributors challenge us to reconsider our own critical perspectives vis-à-vis a wide range of literary works and gen- res. In their important volume i Th nking Literature across Continents (2016), Ghosh and his coauthor J. Hillis Miller interrogate our contemporary anal- yses of world literature, pedagogy, and the ethics of literary study itself. As Ghosh observes in his introductory remarks to in Th king Literature across Continents, “the trans-moment or trans-now is about enacting a communication—difficult and debatable—between apparently incompat- ible paradigms of thought and concepts” (5). Indeed, it is these seemingly “incompatible paradigms of thought and concepts” that merit our most fervent critical energies during these turbulent times in which ideas of

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Published: Jun 15, 2018

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