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Editor's Column: Comparative Literature on the Borders

Editor's Column: Comparative Literature on the Borders Editor's Column: Comparative Literature on the Borders John Burt Foster Jr. The Comparatist, Volume 23, May 1999, pp. 1-4 (Article) Published by The University of North Carolina Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/com.1999.0019 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/415134/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 11:15 GMT from JHU Libraries ??? COHPAnATIST EDITOR'S COLUMN: COMPARATIVE LITERATURE ON THE BORDERS For more than a century comparatists have, on the one hand, brought to Ught the porousness and contingency ofcultural boundaries whUe, on the other, they have revealed the Ungering impact ofthose very borders, even in cases of relatively free transit and interchange. But "border work" of this kind has never—it would seem—been so widely accepted and prac- ticed in university research as at our present "multicultural" and "trans- national" moment. Comparatists who once defied the departmental/dis- cipUnary equivalents of national, cultural, or artistic-discursive boundar- ies, whether by analyzing the Baroque, Romanticism, or Symbolism as international movements; by observing the unfolding of lyric, dramatic, or narrative forms in several languages; by tracking the vicissitudes of Classical-Modern, Sino-Japanese, or Franco-German literary relations; or by studying interactions between Uterature and the arts or phüosophy, are clearly no longer isolated pioneers. In the US academy, at http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Editor's Column: Comparative Literature on the Borders

The Comparatist , Volume 23 – Oct 3, 2012

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Editor's Column: Comparative Literature on the Borders John Burt Foster Jr. The Comparatist, Volume 23, May 1999, pp. 1-4 (Article) Published by The University of North Carolina Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/com.1999.0019 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/415134/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 11:15 GMT from JHU Libraries ??? COHPAnATIST EDITOR'S COLUMN: COMPARATIVE LITERATURE ON THE BORDERS For more than a century comparatists have, on the one hand, brought to Ught the porousness and contingency ofcultural boundaries whUe, on the other, they have revealed the Ungering impact ofthose very borders, even in cases of relatively free transit and interchange. But "border work" of this kind has never—it would seem—been so widely accepted and prac- ticed in university research as at our present "multicultural" and "trans- national" moment. Comparatists who once defied the departmental/dis- cipUnary equivalents of national, cultural, or artistic-discursive boundar- ies, whether by analyzing the Baroque, Romanticism, or Symbolism as international movements; by observing the unfolding of lyric, dramatic, or narrative forms in several languages; by tracking the vicissitudes of Classical-Modern, Sino-Japanese, or Franco-German literary relations; or by studying interactions between Uterature and the arts or phüosophy, are clearly no longer isolated pioneers. In the US academy, at

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The ComparatistUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Oct 3, 2012

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