Canon and World Literature

Worlding a Peripheral Literature

Authors: Juvan, Marko

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  • Rejects the Western-centrism that is endemic to contemporary understandings of world literature
  • Examines peripheral literary systems and their global significance
  • Pulls together analyses from across literary world-systems, canonization and translation studies, as well as European cultural nationalism
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Bringing together the analyses of the literary world-system, translation studies, and the research of European cultural nationalism, this book contests the view that texts can be attributed global importance irrespective of their origin, language, and position in the international book market. Focusing on Slovenian literature, almost unknown to world literature studies, this book addresses world literature’s canonical function in the nineteenth-century process of establishing European letters as national literatures. Aware of their dependence on imperial powers, (semi)peripheral national movements sought international recognition through, among other things, the newly invented figure of the national poet. Writers central to dependent national communities were canonized to represent their respective cultures to the norm-giving Other – the emerging world literary canon and its aesthetic ideology. Hence, national literatures asserted their linguo-cultural individuality through the process of worlding; that is, by their positioning in the international literary world informed by the supposed universality of the aesthetic.

About the authors

Marko Juvan is Head of the Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies at the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) and Professor of Literary Theory at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His recent publications on genre theory, intertextuality, literary geography, Slovenian Romanticism, and world literature include History and Poetics of Intertextuality and Literary Studies in Reconstruction.


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“A timely, lively and highly engaging reflection on how so-called ‘small’ literatures fit into the ongoing debate on world literature raging at present – a must-read for all scholars of literature seeking to keep abreast of where literary studies is heading right now.” (Theo D’haen, full professor, KU Leuven, Belgium, and author of The Routledge Concise History of World Literature)

“Deriving the worlding of literature from the contest of nations for the canonic status of their literatures, Juvan emphasizes the asymmetry between the center and peripheries inherent in it. Whereas the dominant nations engaged the worlding of their literatures to assert their human universality, the dominated ones took advantage of it to affirm their literatures’ nationality. A sobering insight!” (Vladimir Biti, Distinguished Chair Visiting Professor, Zhejiang University; Visiting Chair Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, and author of Tracing Global Democracy)

“In Worlding a Peripheral Literature, Marko Juvan provides a very much needed corrective to mainstream world literature studies, namely, national and world literature are not two distinct entities, but rather they constitute a web of mutually reinforcing relations. Juvan elaborates his persuasive argument upon Slovenian literature, which precisely has remained unknown to the field of world literature studies so far, through an innovative perspective, the figural node of the national poet.” (César Domínguez, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-34

    Juvan, Marko

  • The Canonicity of World Literature and National Poets

    Pages 35-59

    Juvan, Marko

  • Perspectivizing World Literature (in Translation)

    Pages 61-80

    Juvan, Marko

  • The Birth of National Literature from the Spirit of the Classical Canon

    Pages 81-140

    Juvan, Marko

  • World Literature in Carniola

    Pages 141-197

    Juvan, Marko

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Worlding a Peripheral Literature
Authors
Series Title
Canon and World Literature
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-329-405-9
DOI
10.1007/978-981-32-9405-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-329-404-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 291
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