Rebirth of a Discipline
This chapter points out the acceleration of globalization that had a major impact on making comparative literature a good setting to explore interests and concerns from the conflictual transformation of the world's economic and cultural landscape. It also discusses the increase in international communication and travel fostered by the internet and deregulated airfares that enables scholars to gather and critique neoliberalism. The chapter explains how postcolonial writing is thought and changed differently within world literature and analyzes the interactions between postcolonial and global or world literary studies. It looks into comparative studies that involve novel intersections of perspectives that can be seen in forward-looking work often pursued by comparatists. It also cites Jacob Edmond's “A Common Strangeness,” in which he examines globalization through case studies in experimental Chinese, Russian, and American poetry.
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