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Orsini, Francesca (2019) 'World Literature, Indian Views, 1920s–1940s.' Journal of World Literature, 4 (1). pp. 56-81.

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Abstract

“For any given observer,” David Damrosch argued in What is World Literature?, “even a genuinely global perspective remains a perspective from somewhere, and global patterns of the circulation of world literature take shape in their local manifestations.” Within world-system approaches that fix centres, peripheries and semiperipheries, or with approaches that consider world literature only that which circulates transnationally or “globally,” the relativizing import of this important insight remains inert or gets forgotten. As Indian editors and writers in the early decades of the twentieth century undertook more translations of foreign works and discussed the relationship between India and the world, overlapping understandings of world literature emerged in the Indian literary field. This essay explores three different visions of world literature from the same region and period but in different languages – English, Hindi, and Urdu – highlighting their different impulses, contexts, approaches, and outcomes in order to refine our notion of location. And whereas much of the recent debate and activities around world literature has revolved around the curriculum or around publishers’ series and anthologies, in the Indian case exposure to and discussion of literature from other parts of the world took largely place in the pages of periodicals.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: world literature; location; India; Hindi; Urdu; English; periodical
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
ISSN: 24056480
Copyright Statement: © Francesca Orsini 2019. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the prevailing CC-BY-NC-ND license at the time of publication. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1163/24056480-00401002
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2019 08:15
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/30345
Funders: European Union

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