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dc.contributor.authorBurns, Lorna Margaret
dc.identifier.citationBurns , L M 2015 , ' Postcolonial singularity and a world literature yet-to-come ' , Angelaki : Journal of the Theoretical Humanities , vol. 20 , no. 4 , pp. 243-259 .
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dc.description.abstractThis article considers the challenge posed by Gayatri Spivak to rethink world literature along postcolonial lines as an ethical encounter with alterity. Read in this way, Spivak participates in a reframing of world literature that retains the critical gains made by postcolonial theory and suggests that the work of world literary analysis ought not necessarily be de/prescriptive (classifying and ordering) but might involve a contestation of the power relations that structure the world. In developing this argument, I draw on four further perspectives: Pascale Casanova's problematic assertion of literary singularity in The World Republic of Letters; Fredric Jameson's theorization of “third world literature” as counterpoint to Casanova's limiting understanding of national literature; Gilles Deleuze, who offers a way to rethink world literature in a process of becoming; and Édouard Glissant, whose work proposes a “relational” vision of difference that, like that of Spivak, demands an ethical, imaginative response to literature as literature.
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dc.rights© 2014. Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Angelaki on 27/10/2015, available online at:
dc.subjectWorld literatureen
dc.subjectGayatri Spivaken
dc.subjectPascale Casanovaen
dc.subjectGilles Deleuzeen
dc.subjectFredric Jamesonen
dc.subjectÉdouard Glissanten
dc.subjectMinor literatureen
dc.subjectPE Englishen
dc.subjectPR English literatureen
dc.titlePostcolonial singularity and a world literature yet-to-comeen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Englishen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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