A special issue of CLCWeb on world literature, edited by Marko Juvan, now online

Published on: 11. February 2014

CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 15.5 (2013). Special Issue World Literatures from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-first Century. Ed. Marko Juvan

In every national literature or region, or in today’s multicultural societies, different concepts and/or practices of ‘world literature’ exist(ed). Contributors to World Literatures from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-first Century (re)examine Goethe’s notion of Weltliteratur and later discourses of world literatures, addressing the following issues: perspectivising world literature; ancient, pre-modern, European and Asian world literatures; periodisation of world literatures; relations between world literature studies, comparative literary and cultural studies, literary transnationalism and postcolonial studies; world literatures and Orientalism, hegemony, ‘third-worldism’ and imperialism; world literatures and cultural transfer; the interdependence of world and national literatures; otherness and universality in world literatures; the global role of peripheral literatures.



Introduction to World Literatures from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-first Century (Marko Juvan)


Greek, Latin, and the Origins of “World Literature” (Alexander Beecroft)

World Literatures in Temporal Perspective (David Damrosch)

On World Literatures, Comparative Literature, and (Comparative) Cultural Studies (Ning Wang)

Interculturality and World Literary System(s) (Jola Škulj)

Towards a Symbiotic Coexistence of Comparative Literature and World Literature (Jüri Talvet)

Transcultural Literature and Contemporary World Literature(s) (Arianna Dagnino)

World Literatures, Comparative Literature, and Glocal Cosmopolitanism (Paolo Bartoloni)

Major Histories, Minor Literatures, and World Authors (Theo D’haen)

Worlding Literatures between Dialogue and Hegemony (Marko Juvan)

National Literature, World Literatures, and Universality in Romanian Cultural Criticism 1867-1947 (Andrei Terian)

World Humanism(s), the Divine Comedy, Lao She’s “灵的文学与佛教” (“Literature of the Soul and Buddhism”), and Gao’s Soul Mountain (Letizia Fusini)

From Cultural Third-Worldism to the Literary World-System (Jernej Habjan)

Western and Oriental Worlds of Literature and Modern Greek Literature (Maro Kalantzopoulou)

The Pan-Asian Empire and World Literatures (Sowon S. Park)

The Persistence of “Cathay” in World Literature (Eugene Eoyang)

Precarious Cosmopolitanism in O’Neill’s Netherland and Mpe’s Welcome to Our Hillbrow (Pier Paolo Frassinelli and David Watson)

Strangeness and World Literature (Mads Rosendahl Thomsen)

Review Article

Limits to Transculturality: A Book Review Article of New Work by Kimmich and Schahadat and Juvan (Hrvoje Tutek)