The Heyman Center for the Humanities, Common Room
The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society is proud to present:
How Do Small Literatures Make It to World Literature? A talk by César Domínguez
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Jean Monnet Chair
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Some scholars advocate world literature as a new paradigm, whereas other scholars argue that world literature is at best a further extension of comparative literature, not to mention the opinion of those who think that the reason people are drawn to comparative literature is not world literature. I am not interested in the sibylline discussion of borders between comparative literature and world literature. What is of interest to me is that, as in the case of postcolonial studies and East/West studies, world literature qua paradigm/extension also remains unaware of a controversial issue: What about Western literatures in languages of lesser diffusion, the marginalized ‘others’ to the ‘self’ that is ‘Western tradition’?