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'Thinking Literature across Continents' finds Ranjan Ghosh and J. Hillis Miller—two thinkers from different continents, cultures, training, and critical perspectives—debating and reflecting upon what literature is and why it matters. Ghosh and Miller do not attempt to formulate a joint theory of literature; rather, they allow their different backgrounds and lively disagreements to stimulate generative dialogue on poetry, world literature, pedagogy, and the ethics of literature. Addressing a varied literary context ranging from Victorian literature, Chinese literary criticism and philosophy, and continental philosophy to Sanskrit poetics and modern European literature, Ghosh offers a transnational theory of literature while Miller emphasizes the need to account for what a text says and how it says it. This book highlights two minds continually discovering new paths of communication and two literary and cultural traditions intersecting in productive and compelling ways.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. J. Hillis Miller
  3. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Ranjan Ghosh
  3. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. J. Hillis Miller
  3. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction: Thinking across Continents
  2. Ranjan Ghosh
  3. pp. 1-8
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  1. Introduction Continued: The Idiosyncrasy of the Literary Text
  2. J. Hillis Miller
  3. pp. 9-24
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  1. Part I: The Matter and Mattering of Literature
  1. Chapter 1. Making Sahitya Matter
  2. Ranjan Ghosh
  3. pp. 27-44
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  1. Chapter 2. Literature Matters Today
  2. J. Hillis Miller
  3. pp. 45-68
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  1. Part II: Poem and Poetry
  1. Chapter 3. The Story of a Poem
  2. Ranjan Ghosh
  3. pp. 71-92
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  1. Chapter 4. Western Theories of Poetry: Reading Wallace Stevens’s “The Motive for Metaphor”
  2. J. Hillis Miller
  3. pp. 93-108
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  1. Part III: Literature and the World
  1. Chapter 5. More than Global
  2. Ranjan Ghosh
  3. pp. 111-133
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  1. Chapter 6. Globalization and World Literature
  2. J. Hillis Miller
  3. pp. 134-152
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  1. Part IV: Teaching Literature
  1. Chapter 7. Reinventing the Teaching Machine: Looking for a Text in an Indian Classroom
  2. Ranjan Ghosh
  3. pp. 155-176
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  1. Chapter 8. Should We Read or Teach Literature Now?
  2. J. Hillis Miller
  3. pp. 177-204
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  1. Part V: Ethics and Literature
  1. Chapter 9. The Ethics of Reading Sahitya
  2. Ranjan Ghosh
  3. pp. 207-231
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  1. Chapter 10. Literature and Ethics: Truth and Lie in Framley Parsonage
  2. J. Hillis Miller
  3. pp. 232-258
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  1. Epilogue
  2. Ranjan Ghosh
  3. pp. 259-262
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 263-290
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 291-306
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 307-316
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822373698
Related ISBN
9780822361541
MARC Record
OCLC
1103894079
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2019-06-24
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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