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Orsini, Francesca (2015) 'The Multilingual Local in World Literature.' Comparative Literature, 67 (4). pp. 345-374.

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This essay questions the geographical categories used to underpin current theoretical and methodological approaches to “world literature,” which end up making nine-tenths of the world, and of literature produced in the world, drop off the world map or appear “peripheral.” Focusing on the multilingual north Indian region of Awadh in the early modern period, it argues that an approach to literature and space that takes multilingualism within society and literary culture as a structuring and generative principle and holds both local and cosmopolitan perspectives in view is more productive for world literature than approaches based only on cosmopolitan perspectives of circulation and recognition.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia
ISSN: 00104124
Copyright Statement: © 2015 by University of Oregon. This is the accepted manuscript of an article published by Duke University Press in Comparative Literature, available online,
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Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2016 09:00

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