Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability argues for a rethinking of comparative literature focusing on the problems that emerge when. In Against World Literature Emily Apter uses the concept of Untranslatables to locate differences in thought that are conditioned by language. by. Emily Apter. · Rating details · 50 ratings · 8 reviews. Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability argues for a rethinking of comparative.

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Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability

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Terror thrives on unbreachable difference, on exceptionalism, on the cultural and political monads that lie beyond the plausibility of dissensus and outside the possibility of the negotiable consensus. A brilliant and timely refutation of the reductive concept of “world literature”. Eric rated it really liked it Jan 18, Book titles Emjly Journal titles. Now it could irrupt, had irrupted, in the homeland. A stimulating series of inter-linked essays that consider how the Untranslatable acts as a specter haunting comparative studies, often serving an instrumental function as a placeholder for that which cannot be thought.

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Incomparability is the dynamic, not of criticism or agaihst comparatistic counterpoint, but a handmaiden of terror.

The power of the Untranslatable lies in the nature of words as parts of a whole, as identified by the semotician Ferdinand de Saussure — that is, how they derive their meanings from their relationship to each other.

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Against World Literature

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Questioning the worldliness in world literature, Apter invokes untranslatability, both linguistic and socio-historic of various geo-political paradigms to counter a unipolar discourse on the same.

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Oct 21, kasia rated it it was amazing. Areti rated it it was amazing Mar 25, Start reading Against World Literature on your Kindle in under a minute. What saves the book from entropy is the central concept of the Untranslatable. On the Politics of Untranslatability. DeBevoise Harvard University Press, But what kind of Australia is represented by an almost purely English-language literary culture?

Her published works include The Translation Zone: On the Politics of Untranslatability. Often, the real object of her attention is the theoretical exegesis of a work, rather than the work itself. The only expressions that are truly untranslatable are those you do not understand well enough or at all. His books include Georges Perec: View freely available titles: In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.

Others objected to the commodification of literature for an elite market: