Comparative Literature: Can This Marriage Be Saved?

Dorothy Figueira

Abstract


"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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