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By Ali Behdad, Dominic Thomas (editors)

ISBN-10: 1405198796

ISBN-13: 9781405198790

A better half to Comparative Literature offers a set of greater than thirty unique essays from proven and rising students, which discover the historical past, present nation, and way forward for comparative literature.Features over thirty unique essays from best overseas members offers a serious review of the prestige of literary and cross-cultural inquiry Addresses the heritage, present kingdom, and way forward for comparative literature Chapters tackle such issues because the dating among translation and transnationalism, literary conception and rising media, the way forward for nationwide literatures in an period of globalization, gender and cultural formation throughout time, East-West cultural encounters, postcolonial and diaspora reviews, and different experimental ways to literature and tradition

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4 As I have argued, the choice of a scene about divine mercy is critical here. As Auerbach shows by following the elliptical and withheld style of the Biblical story, the nature of divine mercy remains entirely mysterious to the human characters involved and, by implication, to the reader. For him, therefore, the Hebraic narrative style lays claim to a powerful kind of truth – the sacred – that cannot be conflated with historical realism. The ineffability of this claim to truth is what distinguishes the Judeo-Christian manner of storytelling from that of the pagans.

Now, that definition is being made on their behalf as evidenced by the closing or downgrading of Comparative Literature and humanities departments and programs and the dissolution of existing humanities departments into marriages of fiscal convenience – an unthinkable option at the time of Comparative Literature’s expansion in the 1970s. But, it is not just the cultural side of the humanities that is being affected: the philosophy department at Middlesex University, despite its high ranking, was deemed unsustainable and the decision was made in 2010 to “phase out” the program (Driscoll, 2010; Morgan, 2010).

Questions regarding linguistic multiplicity Whose relation to languages (native and foreign) should determine how linguistic multiplicity is defined? As the knowledge of different languages is so obviously valuable, it is easy to forget that language is not necessarily a countable unit and that plurality resides within single languages as well as among different, enumerable national languages. For comparativists, the question posed by tolerance is perhaps not so much the additional languages that should be learned (since that is a disciplinary given) as it is the condition of monolingualism: how are we to include, rather than exclude, monolingualism within the comparative study of literature?

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