Suman Gupta argues that, while literature has registered globalization processes in relevant ways, there has been a missed articulation between globalization studies and literary studies. Examples are given of some of the ways in which this slippage is now being addressed and may be taken forward, taking up such themes as the manner in which anti-globalization protests and world cities have figured in literary works; the ways in which theories of postmodernism and postcolonialism, familiar in literary studies, have diverged from and converged with globalization studies; and how industries to do with the circulation of literature are becoming globalized.
This book is intended for university-level students and teachers, researchers, and other informed readers with an interest in the above issues, and serves as both a survey of the field and an intervention within it.
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"Gupta sheds a clear light on this little explored field through his comprehensive coverage of the scholarship, his multipronged approach to the topic, and his sure-footed negotiation of theoretical issues."
Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, New York University
"In his book, Professor Gupta examines the relationship between globalization and literature via a historical approach, notably the self/inner differentiation in English studies. It is thought-provoking, full of insight and most cogent, and well worth recommending to everyone seriously interested in this area."
Yue Daiyun, Peking University
1 The Nuances of Globalization 1
Narrative Performance 1
Travels of a Term 3
Plan of this Study 10
2 Movements and Protests 13
Plucking a Theme 13
Anti-Globalization Protests 14
Peace Movements 23
3 Global Cities and Cosmopolis 37
Global Teens 37
Global Cities 38
Global City Transactions 43
Cosmopolitan Order and Cosmopolis 48
Virtual Cosmopolis 53
4 Literary Studies and Globalization 62
Literary Entanglements 62
Turning to Literary Studies 65
Globalization Thematized 66
Literary Text 71
Culture and Identity 85
5 Postmodernism and Postcolonialism 97
6 Academic Institutional Spaces 123
English Studies 123
Comparative Literature/World Literature 136
A Note on Translation 146
7 The Globalization of Literature 151
Dying Authors 151
Literary Industries 159