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From the current vantage point of the transformation of books and libraries, B. Venkat Mani presents a historical account of world literature. By locating translation, publication, and circulation along routes of “bibliomigrancy,” Mani narrates how world literature is coded and recoded as literary works find new homes on faraway bookshelves. Mani argues that the proliferation of world literature in a society is the function of a nation’s relationship with print culture. Moving from early Orientalist collections, to the Nazi magazine Weltliteratur, to the European Digital Library, Mani reveals the political foundations for a history of world literature that is at once a philosophical ideal, a process of exchange, a mode of reading, and a system of classification.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Introduction: World Literature as a Pact with Books
  2. pp. 9-48
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  1. Chapter 1 Of Masters and Masterpieces: An Empire of Books, a Mythic European Library
  2. pp. 49-90
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  1. Chapter 2 Half Epic, Half Drastic: From a Parliament of Letters to a National Library
  2. pp. 91-130
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  1. Chapter 3 The Shadow of Empty Shelves: Two World Wars and the Riseand Fall of World Literature
  2. pp. 131-178
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  1. Chapter 4 Windows on the Berlin Wall: Unfi nished Histories of World Literature in a Divided Germany
  2. pp. 179-214
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  1. Chapter 5 Libraries without Walls? World Literature in the Digital Century
  2. pp. 215-242
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 243-250
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 251-256
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 257-308
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 309-336
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 337-350
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780823273447
Related ISBN
9780823273409
MARC Record
OCLC
959273628
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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