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Globalization and Literature


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

1 The Nuances of Globalization 1

Narrative Performance 1

Travels of a Term 3

Plan of this Study 10

2 Movements and Protests 13

Plucking a Theme 13

Anti-Globalization Protests 14

Peace Movements 23

V-Day 31

3 Global Cities and Cosmopolis 37

Global Teens 37

Global Cities 38

Global City Transactions 43

Cosmopolitan Order and Cosmopolis 48

Virtual Cosmopolis 53

4 Literary Studies and Globalization 62

Literary Entanglements 62

Turning to Literary Studies 65

Globalization Thematized 66

Literary Text 71

Culture and Identity 85

5 Postmodernism and Postcolonialism 97

Postmodernism 97

Postcolonialism 107

6 Academic Institutional Spaces 123

English Studies 123

Comparative Literature/World Literature 136

A Note on Translation 146

7 The Globalization of Literature 151

Dying Authors 151

Literary Industries 159

References 171

Index 185

About the Author

Suman Gupta is Professor of Literature and Cultural History at the Open University.


"This is a fascinating, ambitious and very timely book that tackles one of the hottest topics in literary studies today."
Susan Bassnett, University of Warwick

"Gupta sheds a clear light on this little explored field through his comprehensive coverage of the scholarship, his multipronged approach to the topic, and his sure-footed negotiation of theoretical issues."
Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, New York University

"In his book, Professor Gupta examines the relationship between globalization and literature via a historical approach, notably the self/inner differentiation in English studies. It is thought-provoking, full of insight and most cogent, and well worth recommending to everyone seriously interested in this area."
Yue Daiyun, Peking University

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