Thinking the Global with Literature: Introduction

Heather Yeung (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Abstract

    For this literary-focused issue of the New Global Studies journal proposals were invited for essays on any aspect of literature’s engagement with ideas of the global, from the ways in which literature’s conceptual reach may help us to think the possibilities of the planetary, to how the global literary marketplace can act as a barometer for shifting cultural norms. But rather than to take literature as a symptom, the central question that was posed to the authors was: how does literature help us to conceptualize the global? Secondary to this, authors were asked to meditate on how literature, literary theory, and literary movements and networks may help us to shape, observe, and define what Bruce Mazlish has called the (newly) ‘emerging global civil society’ (Mazlish 2006, 55 and Mazlish et al 2007, 174). This introduction seeks to frame the diverse essays collected in the special issue within the long history of literature’s interaction with global thought.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-12
    Number of pages12
    JournalNew Global Studies
    Volume13
    Issue number1
    Early online date9 Mar 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

    Keywords

    • Global Literary Studies
    • Global Literature
    • World Literatures
    • Literatures of Migration
    • Transnationalisms
    • Literature and Event
    • Ecocriticism

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