Against World Literature On the Politics of Untranslatability

ISBN-10: 1844679705
ISBN-13: 9781844679706
Edition: 2013
Authors: Emily Apter
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Description: The book engages in a polemical critique of recent efforts to revive World Literature models of literary studies (Moretti, Casanova, etc) on the grounds that they construct their curricula on an assumption of translatability. As a result,  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 4/23/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

The book engages in a polemical critique of recent efforts to revive World Literature models of literary studies (Moretti, Casanova, etc) on the grounds that they construct their curricula on an assumption of translatability. As a result, incommensurability and what Apter calls the untranslatable are insufficiently built into the literary heuristic. Drawing on philosophies of translation developed by de Man, Derrida, Sam Weber, Barbara Johnson, Abdelfattah Kilito and Édouard Glissant, as well as on the way in which the untranslatable is given substancein the context of Barbara Cassin’s Vocabulaire européen des philosophies: Dictionnaire des intraduisibles, the aim is to activate Untranslatability as a theoretical fulcrum of Comparative Literature with bearing on approaches to world literature, literary world systems and literary history, the politics of periodization, the translation of philosophy and theory, the bounds of non-secular proscription and cultural sanction, free versus privatized authorial property, and the poetics of translational difference.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Oneworldliness
Untranslatables: A World-System
Moretti's Literary World-Systems
Eurochronology and Periodicity
Paranoid Globalism
Checkpoints and Sovereign Borders
Doing Things with Untranslatables
Keywords 1: "Cyclopaedia"
Keywords 2: "Peace "
Keywords 3: "Fado" and "Saudade"
Keywords 4: "Sex" and "Gender "
Keywords 5: "Monde "
Translating "World Literature"
Auerbach's Welt-theology
Said's Terrestrial Humanism
Derrida's Theologies of Translation
Kilito's Injunction: "Thou Shalt Not Translate Me"
Who Owns My Translation?
Marx's Bovary
What Is Yours, Ours, and Mine
Dispossessive Collectivism
Planetary Dysphoria
Index

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