Comparative Literature: Can This Marriage Be Saved?

Dorothy Figueira


"With comparative literature becoming American world literature or globalized cultural studies, comparatists need to ask themselves whether they want to remain in such a dysfunctional relationship. It is one thing to go along with comparative literature’s theoretical promiscuity...and its flirtations with other disciplines...; but did we really sign up for this level of deception and inauthenticity?... It is clear that in the twenty-first century, students need to be able to experience and interrogate the totality of the world’s literatures, not just the constricted and diluted products packaged and marketed by the self-serving managers of American academia."

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