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Editor's Column: Comparisons Within and Beyond a Single Language

Editor's Column: Comparisons Within and Beyond a Single Language Editor's Column: Comparisons Within and Beyond a Single Language John Burt Foster Jr. The Comparatist, Volume 26, May 2002, pp. 1-4 (Article) Published by The University of North Carolina Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/com.2002.0019 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/414731/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 10:54 GMT from JHU Libraries ??? COMPAKATIST EDITOR'S COLUMN: COMPARISONS WITHIN AND BEYOND A SINGLE LANGUAGE Comparisons between literary works written in different languages were once the distinguishing feature of comparative literature, but does that definition of the field still hold? Several essays in this issue, as well as an increasing number of submissions, make it clear that several other fac- tors have come into play since the 1960s, if not before. The multilingual criterion long ago expanded to include interarts comparisons (literary works related to aesthetic languages in music, the visual arts, theatre, or cinema). More recently, it has also been extended to interdiscursive ones (literature related to the disciplinary languages of philosophy, his- tory, or science). In addition, the strong identification of comparatists with transnational literary history (Auerbach, Guillen, or Said) or with theory (Jakobson, Barthes, or de Man) seems to have had an unintended side effect. Despite the language credentials of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Editor's Column: Comparisons Within and Beyond a Single Language

The Comparatist , Volume 26 – Oct 3, 2012

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Editor's Column: Comparisons Within and Beyond a Single Language John Burt Foster Jr. The Comparatist, Volume 26, May 2002, pp. 1-4 (Article) Published by The University of North Carolina Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/com.2002.0019 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/414731/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 10:54 GMT from JHU Libraries ??? COMPAKATIST EDITOR'S COLUMN: COMPARISONS WITHIN AND BEYOND A SINGLE LANGUAGE Comparisons between literary works written in different languages were once the distinguishing feature of comparative literature, but does that definition of the field still hold? Several essays in this issue, as well as an increasing number of submissions, make it clear that several other fac- tors have come into play since the 1960s, if not before. The multilingual criterion long ago expanded to include interarts comparisons (literary works related to aesthetic languages in music, the visual arts, theatre, or cinema). More recently, it has also been extended to interdiscursive ones (literature related to the disciplinary languages of philosophy, his- tory, or science). In addition, the strong identification of comparatists with transnational literary history (Auerbach, Guillen, or Said) or with theory (Jakobson, Barthes, or de Man) seems to have had an unintended side effect. Despite the language credentials of

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