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The World of World Literature and World-Systems Analysis

The World of World Literature and World-Systems Analysis THE WORLD OF WORLD LITERATURE AND WORLD-SYSTEMS ANALYSIS ANCA PARVULESCU While the concept of world literature has been operative in the discipline of Comparative Literature since the early nineteenth century, having been cyclically re-energized, it has remained fairly marginal to literary studies until the 1990s and the early 2000s. After a poststructuralist phase, literary studies were at this time in search of new theoretical frameworks and meth- odologies. With the perceived end of the Cold War and the emergence of globalization studies in other disciplines, literary studies took a transnational turn. The concept of world literature returned forcefully. Today, it occupies a central stage. The many recent critical accounts of world literature, coming especially from postcolonial studies, confi rm its centrality. The conversation on world literature often returns to the origin of the concept, itself a matter of intense scholarly debate. Coined by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1827 in his conversations with his assistant, Johann Peter Eckermann, the concept of world literature fi rst appeared in Eckermann’s book in 1837. The text has since been translated into numer- ous languages and has taken a life of its own. Importantly, in Eckermann’s rendering, Goethe’s concept came into view through http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke uni_neb

The World of World Literature and World-Systems Analysis

symploke , Volume 28 (1) – Nov 24, 2020

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THE WORLD OF WORLD LITERATURE AND WORLD-SYSTEMS ANALYSIS ANCA PARVULESCU While the concept of world literature has been operative in the discipline of Comparative Literature since the early nineteenth century, having been cyclically re-energized, it has remained fairly marginal to literary studies until the 1990s and the early 2000s. After a poststructuralist phase, literary studies were at this time in search of new theoretical frameworks and meth- odologies. With the perceived end of the Cold War and the emergence of globalization studies in other disciplines, literary studies took a transnational turn. The concept of world literature returned forcefully. Today, it occupies a central stage. The many recent critical accounts of world literature, coming especially from postcolonial studies, confi rm its centrality. The conversation on world literature often returns to the origin of the concept, itself a matter of intense scholarly debate. Coined by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1827 in his conversations with his assistant, Johann Peter Eckermann, the concept of world literature fi rst appeared in Eckermann’s book in 1837. The text has since been translated into numer- ous languages and has taken a life of its own. Importantly, in Eckermann’s rendering, Goethe’s concept came into view through

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