Abstract

What difference does it make to map globalization along the axis of time rather than the axis of space? This essay tests that possibility, focusing on pre-national time and exploring it through a genre-based paradigm, inspired by Adorno and especially Lukacs. Adorno and Lukacs see genres as diachronic forms giving each individual work a backward as well as a forward extension. The ancient epic and the modern novel continually interact and must be read in tandem if literature is to be seen as a cumulative, global phenomenon. James's novels are global in just this way: looking back to The Odyssey and forward to Erza Pound's Cantos.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6555
Print ISSN
0273-0340
Pages
pp. 215-224
Launched on MUSE
2003-11-11
Open Access
No
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