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Re-mapping World Literature. Writing, Book Markets and Epistemologies between Latin America and the Global South / Escrituras, mercados y epistemologías entre América Latina y el Sur Global

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Book Series: Latin American Literatures in the World / Literaturas Latinoamericanas en el Mundo ISSN: 2513-0757 ISBN: 9783110549577 Year: Pages: 326 DOI: 10.1515/9783110549577 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This book aims to modify the focus of common center-periphery dynamics of research on World Literature: Using the example of Latin American literatures, this study provides innovative insights into the literary modeling of shared historical experiences, epistemological crosscurrents, and book market processes within the Global South which thus far have received scant attention.

Re-mapping World Literature

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Book Series: Latin American Literatures in the World / Literaturas Latinoamericanas en el Mundo ISBN: 9783110598292 Year: Pages: 326 DOI: 10.1515/9783110549577 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter Grant: H2020 European Research Council - 646714
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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The concept at issue in this book is Weltliteratur, or World Literature. Theoretical frameworks usually view the now-famous epistolary exchange between Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the young Johann Peter Eckermann as the true foundation of the concept, (though earlier promoters of similar ideas, such as August Wilhelm Schlegel can be cited)1. Goethe wrote this to Eckermann in a well-known letter in 1827: “National literature is now a rather unmeaning term; the epoch of World Literature is at hand, and everyone must strive to hasten its approach”2. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels as well as Richard Moulton and Erich Auerbach, among many others, also all contributed to the category from their respective historical moments and theoretical perspectives. Marx and Engels, of course, took a materialist point of view that emphasized the expansion of the capitalist economic project and its progressive conquest of the world as a market. Richard Moulton and Erich Auerbach, on the other hand, came from a humanistic philological perspective that, as Jérôme David has put it in his reflections on the different genealogies of World Literature, “derived from the anxious preoccupation with what the literary works mean” (2013: 14) and focused very early on the problems of translation and canonization that would become crucial for the conceptual debates of our time

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