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Comparing the LiteraturesLiterary Studies in a Global Age$
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David Damrosch

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691134994

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691134994.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Comparing the Literatures
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David Damrosch

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691134994.003.0001

This chapter analyzes the best way to address the many disparate literatures at play in literary studies and explains the real meaning of “comparing” literatures. It also discusses “comparative literature” that signifies work across national boundaries and a growing number of scholars in national literature departments that are becoming comparatists to a significant degree. The chapter looks into the long-standing tension between inclusive and exclusive visions and varied politics of comparative studies. It attempts to reframe the exfoliating variety of comparative studies and provide an anatomy of comparison. It also talks about lingering structuralism that fuels a continuing interest in literary forms and in programmatic structures.

Keywords:   comparative literature, comparatists, comparative studies, comparison, structuralism

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