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Combined and uneven development : towards a new theory of world-literature, WReC (Warwick Research Collective)

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Combined and uneven development : towards a new theory of world-literature
Title
Combined and uneven development
Title remainder
towards a new theory of world-literature
Statement of responsibility
WReC (Warwick Research Collective)
Title variation
Combined & Uneven Development
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Language
eng
Summary
The ambition of this book is to resituate the problem of ‘world literature’, considered as a revived category of theoretical enquiry, by pursuing the literary-cultural implications of the theory of combined and uneven development. This theory has a long pedigree in the social sciences, where it continues to stimulate debate. But its implications for cultural analysis have received less attention, even though the theory might be said to draw attention to a central – perhaps the central – arc or trajectory of modern(ist) production in literature and the other arts worldwide. It is in the conjuncture of combined and uneven development, on the one hand, and the recently interrogated and expanded categories of ‘world literature’ and ‘modernism’, on the other, that this book looks for its specific contours. In the two theoretical chapters that frame the book, the authors argue for a single, but radically uneven world-system; a singular modernity, combined and uneven; and a literature that variously registers this combined unevenness in both its form and content to reveal itself as, properly speaking, world-literature. In the four substantive chapters that then follow, the authors explore a selection of modern-era fictions in which the potential of their method of comparativism seems to be most dramatically highlighted. They treat the novel paradigmatically, not exemplarily, as a literary form in which combined and uneven development is manifested with particular salience, due in no small part to its fundamental association with the rise of capitalism and its status in peripheral and semi-peripheral societies as a ‘modernising’ import. The peculiar plasticity and hybridity of the novel form enables it to incorporate not only multiple literary levels, genres and modes, but also other non-literary and archaic cultural forms – so that, for example, realist elements might be mixed with more experimental modes of narration, or older literary devices might be reactivated in juxtaposition with more contemporary frames
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Dewey number
809
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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1978-
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  • Deckard, Sharae
  • Lawrence, Nicholas,
  • Lazarus, Neil,
  • Macdonald, Graeme,
  • Mukherjee, Upamanyu Pablo,
  • Parry, Benita,
  • Shapiro, Stephen A.,
  • WReC (Warwick Research Collective)
Series statement
Postcolonialism across the disciplines
Series volume
17
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  • Literature
  • World politics in literature
  • World history in literature
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Combined and uneven development : towards a new theory of world-literature, WReC (Warwick Research Collective)
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CR9781781388792
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1 online resource (ix, 196 pages)
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online
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9781781388792
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(ebook)
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digital, PDF file(s)
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remote
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CR9781781388792
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Combined and uneven development : towards a new theory of world-literature, WReC (Warwick Research Collective)
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 11 Aug 2017)
Control code
CR9781781388792
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 196 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781781388792
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
CR9781781388792

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