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Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability Paperback – April 23, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1844679706 ISBN-10: 1844679705 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; 1 edition (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844679705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844679706
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Just following Emily Apter’s dizzying array of texts from diverse traditions and times (including a tightly argued discussion of the philosophicality of Simone de Beauvoir, lost in translation to the best of US feminists), embracing much experimental material, all read with meticulous care, is an education. No one has thought the question of world literature in greater depth, at once re-thinking Comparative Literature as translatability studies.”—Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

“Rarely does one read a book with the title Against that is so much for important causes and ideas: writing, translation, worldliness, diversity, cosmopolitanism, while fully aware of their promises and threats. In this moment of dispossession of the Humanities, we needed just that book to clarify matters and move beyond the contradictions.”

About the Author

Emily Apter is Professor of Comparative Literature and French at New York University. Her published works include The Translation Zone: A New Comparative Literature and Continental Drift: From National Characters to Subjects.

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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful By howiesan on February 10, 2014
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Considering the prevalence and continuing attention and importance of the representation of Latin American literature in translation, it is a shame that Apter does not even make a passing reference to that "republic of letters," which played an immense role in Pascale Casanova's groundbreaking book. Ultimately, the problem, which abounds in comparatists, is that knowing one more language other than English is insufficient. Read Auerbach.
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