Global Matters The Transnational Turn in Literary Studies

ISBN-10: 0801476070

ISBN-13: 9780801476075

Edition: 2010

Authors: Paul Jay

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As the pace of cultural globalization accelerates, the discipline of literary studies is undergoing dramatic transformation. Scholars and critics focus increasingly on theorizing difference and complicating the geographical framework defining their approaches. At the same time, Anglophone literature is being created by a remarkably transnational, multicultural group of writers exploring many of the same concerns, including the intersecting effects of colonialism, decolonization, migration, and globalization. Paul Jay surveys these developments, highlighting key debates within literary and cultural studies about the impact of globalization over the past two decades. Global Matters provides a concise, informative overview of theoretical, critical, and curricular issues driving the transnational turn in literary studies and how these issues have come to dominate contemporary global fiction as well. Through close, imaginative readings Jay analyzes the intersecting histories of colonialism, decolonization, and globalization engaged by an array of texts from Africa, Europe, South Asia, and the Americas, including Zadie Smith's White Teeth, Junot Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss, Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things, Vikram Chandra's Red Earth and Pouring Rain, Mohsin Hamid's Moth Smoke, and Zakes Mda's The Heart of Redness. A timely intervention in the most exciting debates within literary studies, Global Matters is a comprehensive guide to the transnational nature of Anglophone literature today and its relationship to the globalization of Western culture.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 8/12/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Transnational Turn in Literary Studies
Globalization and the Study of Literature
Difference, Multiculturalism, and the Globalizing of Literary Studies
What Is Globalization?
Economies, Cultures, and the Politics of Globalization
Border Studies: Remapping the Locations of Literary Study
Globalization in Contemporary Literature
Post-Postcolonial Writing in the Age of Globalization: The God of Small Things, Red Earth and Pouring Rain, Moth Smoke
Globalization and Nationalism in Kiran Desai's: The Inheritance of Loss
The Cultural Politics of Development in Zakes Mda's: The Heart of Redness
Multiculturalism and Identity in Zadie Smith's White Teeth
Transnational Masculinities in Junot D�az's: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Conclusion
Notes
Works Cited
Index
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