The Ghost Story in Mexican, Turkish and Bengali Fiction: Bhut, Fantasma, Hayalet

The Ghost Story in Mexican, Turkish and Bengali Fiction: Bhut, Fantasma, Hayalet Ian Almond The Ghost Story in Mexican, Turkish and Bengali Fiction Bhut, Fantasma, Hayalet Whatever one understands by the term “World Literature”—whether it is a pedagogy (Damrosch), a new period of fiction, a school of theory (Moretti 55) or a global franchise (Apter 17)—the allegations of Eurocentrism or an overtly Western-­ entered approach leveled against it continue to grow. As far as antholoc gies go, these allegations are difficult to deny. Past anthologies are disappointing: Queneau’s three-­ olume history of literature (1958), which gave India and China two hundred and seventy pages in the final volume, or Hans Meyer’s Weltliteratur, which made no mention of non-­ uropean literature at all (Fokkema 1290–91). Present anthologies provide an even more bitter taste: the 2013 edition of Norton Anthology of World Literature allots just over 500 of its 1800 pages to non-­ estern literatures (in a world where non-­ estern countries make up 90% of the planet). Goethe receives as much space as Africa.1 This essay suggests a South-­ outh-­ outh approach as one possible means of redressing this imbalance, and structures of haunting and spectrality as an ideal lens through which to embark upon a re-­ entered comparativism. The fact http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

The Ghost Story in Mexican, Turkish and Bengali Fiction: Bhut, Fantasma, Hayalet

The Comparatist, Volume 41 – Nov 1, 2017

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Ian Almond The Ghost Story in Mexican, Turkish and Bengali Fiction Bhut, Fantasma, Hayalet Whatever one understands by the term “World Literature”—whether it is a pedagogy (Damrosch), a new period of fiction, a school of theory (Moretti 55) or a global franchise (Apter 17)—the allegations of Eurocentrism or an overtly Western-­ entered approach leveled against it continue to grow. As far as antholoc gies go, these allegations are difficult to deny. Past anthologies are disappointing: Queneau’s three-­ olume history of literature (1958), which gave India and China two hundred and seventy pages in the final volume, or Hans Meyer’s Weltliteratur, which made no mention of non-­ uropean literature at all (Fokkema 1290–91). Present anthologies provide an even more bitter taste: the 2013 edition of Norton Anthology of World Literature allots just over 500 of its 1800 pages to non-­ estern literatures (in a world where non-­ estern countries make up 90% of the planet). Goethe receives as much space as Africa.1 This essay suggests a South-­ outh-­ outh approach as one possible means of redressing this imbalance, and structures of haunting and spectrality as an ideal lens through which to embark upon a re-­ entered comparativism. The fact

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