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Comparative Literature is both the past and the future of literary studies Its history is intimately linked to the political upheavals of modernity from colonial empire building in the nineteenth century to the postcolonial culture wars of the twenty first century attempts at comparison have defined the international agenda of literature But what is comparative literature? Ambitious readers looking to stretch themselves are usually intrigued by the concept but uncertain of its implications And rightly so in many ways even the professionals cannot agree on a single term calling it comparative in English compared in French and comparing in German The very term itself when approached comparatively opens up a Pandora's box of cultural differences Yet this in a nutshell is the whole point of comparative literature To look at literature comparatively is to realize just how much can be learned by looking over the horizon of one's own culture In an age that is paradoxically defined by migration and border crossing on the one hand and by a retreat into monolingualism and monoculturalism on the other the cross cultural agenda of comparative literature has become increasingly central to the future of the Humanities We are all in fact comparatists constantly making connections across languages cultures and genres as we read The uestion is whether we realize itOutlining the complex history and competing theories of comparative literature Ben Hutchinson offers an accessible means of entry into a notoriously slippery subject Ultimately he places comparative literature at the very heart of literary criticism for as George Steiner once noted to read is to compare ABOUT THE SERIES The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area These pocket sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject uickly Our expert authors combine facts analysis perspective new ideas and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readableComparative Literature is both the past and the future of literary studies Its history is intimately linked to the political upheavals of modernity from colonial empire building in the nineteenth century to the postcolonial culture wars of the twenty first century attempts at comparison have defined the international agenda of literature But what is comparative literature? Ambitious readers looking to stretch themselves are usually intrigued by the concept but uncertain of its implications And rightly so in many ways even the professionals cannot agree on a single term calling it comparative in English compared in French and comparing in German The very term itself when approached comparatively opens up a Pandora's box of cultural differences Yet this in a nutshell is the whole point of comparative literature To look at literature comparatively is to realize just how much can be learned by looking over the horizon of one's own culture In an age that is paradoxically defined by migration and border crossing on the one hand and by a retreat into monolingualism and monoculturalism on the other the cross cultural agenda of comparative literature has become increasingly central to the future of the Humanities We are all in fact comparatists constantly making connections across languages cultures and genres as we read The uestion is whether we realize itOutlining the complex history and competing theories of comparative literature Ben Hutchinson offers an accessible means of entry into a notoriously slippery subject Ultimately he places comparative literature at the very heart of literary criticism for as George Steiner once noted to read is to compare ABOUT THE SERIES The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area These pocket sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject uickly Our expert authors combine facts analysis perspective new ideas and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readableComparative Literature is both the past and the future of literary studies Its history is intimately linked to the political upheavals of modernity from colonial empire building in the nineteenth century to the postcolonial culture wars of the twenty first century attempts at comparison have defined the international agenda of literature But what is comparative literature? Ambitious readers looking to stretch themselves are usually intrigued by the concept but uncertain of its implications And rightly so in many ways even the professionals cannot agree on a single term calling it comparative in English compared in French and comparing in German The very term itself when approached comparatively opens up a Pandora's box of cultural differences Yet this in a nutshell is the whole point of comparative literature To look at literature comparatively is to realize just how much can be learned by looking over the horizon of one's own culture In an age that is paradoxically defined by migration and border crossing on the one hand and by a retreat into monolingualism and monoculturalism on the other the cross cultural agenda of comparative literature has become increasingly central to the future of the Humanities We are all in fact comparatists constantly making connections across languages cultures and genres as we read The uestion is whether we realize itOutlining the complex history and competing theories of comparative literature Ben Hutchinson offers an accessible means of entry into a notoriously slippery subject Ultimately he places comparative literature at the very heart of literary criticism for as George Steiner once noted to read is to compare ABOUT THE SERIES The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area These pocket sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject uickly Our expert authors combine facts analysis perspective new ideas and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable


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    This is by far the most concise and brilliant introduction to comp lit I've read It effortlessly catapults the discipline into the 21st century and once and for all leaves an outdated Euro centric conceptualization of the discipline still occasionally found in some universities behind A must read for anyone thinking about studying comp lit