By Michael Allan
We have grown conversant in figuring out global literature as a suite of nationwide or linguistic traditions sure jointly within the universality of storytelling. Michael Allan demanding situations this manner of pondering and argues as an alternative that the disciplinary framework of worldwide literature, faraway from serving because the impartial assembly flooring of nationwide literary traditions, degrees modifications among scripture, poetry, and prose, and models textual kinds right into a specific pedagogical, aesthetic, and moral practice.
In the Shadow of global Literature examines the shift from Qur'anic education to secular schooling in colonial Egypt and indicates how an emergent literary self-discipline transforms the act of examining itself. a number of the chapters draw from debates in literary concept and anthropology to contemplate websites of reception that complicate the secular/religious divide--from the invention of the Rosetta stone and translations of the Qur'an to debates approximately Charles Darwin within the smooth Arabic novel. via refined research of competing interpretative frames, Allan unearths the moral capacities and sensibilities literary analyzing calls for, the conceptions of textuality and critique it institutionalizes, and the varieties of subjectivity it authorizes.
A excellent and unique exploration of what it potential to be literate within the glossy global, this e-book is a distinct meditation at the interpreting practices that outline the contours of global literature.
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This convergence of literature and adab ultimately enables an alternate genealogy of world literature-one based less on the accumulation of texts than on an emergent global discipline. 'TIle second half of the project shifts from discussions of the literary field in order to address specifie textual occasions in which reading, perceiving, and responding animate interpretative questions. TIle fifth chapter focuses on debates that highlight competing conceptions of critique as brought to light by discussions of Charles Darwin.
In this section, 1 focus on the terms of inclusion in world literature by looking at how the Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz comes to be recognized by the Nobel Prize committee. This is both an account of the constraints of world literature as weIl as an inquiry into the conditions of recognition in the world republic of letters. Against the apparent provincialism of language-based or nation-based inquiry, world literature, it might seem, offers us the occasion to study texts without the demands of national canons.
Reaffirming the forces of good and evil integral to the modernization story, Hafez suggests, "The affair now divided into two different fronts: on the one hand, the right of the Islamicists to express their views; on the other, the character of their crusade against secular and rationalist culture:'16 The stark contrasts set up in this account pit critical thinking, modernization, and literature against tradition, fanaticism, and obedience. When we step back from the situation and consider how the story is told, the binarism separating the world of the protesting students from the world of literary readers is quite logically seductive.