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Gould, Rebecca Ruth (2008) 'How Newness Enters the World: The Methodology of Sheldon Pollock.' Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 28 (3). pp. 533-557.

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Abstract

This essay aims at a methodological interpretation of Sheldon Pollock's oeuvre from the perspective of comparative literary history. Part 1 focuses on his recent magnum opus, The Language of the Gods in the World of Men. Part 2 compares the Sanskrit cosmopolis in Pollock's elaboration with cosmopolises of the 'ajam world. I argue that Pollock's analysis of culture and power in premodernity lays the groundwork for a philosophical critique of modern forms of government, the outlines of which are traced in part 3. Premodernity is conceptually necessary to critical and postcolonial theory, in spite of its seeming empirical absence from contemporary thought.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
ISSN: 1089201X
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1215/1089201x-2008-030
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2023 15:09
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/40586
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