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Writing and teaching across cultures and disciplines makes the act of comparison inevitable. Comparative theory and methods of comparative literature and cultural anthropology have permeated the humanities as they engage more centrally with the cultural flows and circulation of past and present globalization. How do scholars make ethically and politically responsible comparisons without assuming that their own values and norms are the standard by which other cultures should be measured? Comparison expands upon a special issue of the journal New Literary History, which analyzed theories and methodologies of comparison. Six new essays from senior scholars of transnational and postcolonial studies complement the original ten pieces. The work of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Ella Shohat, Robert Stam, R. Radhakrishnan, Bruce Robbins, Ania Loomba, Haun Saussy, Linda Gordon, Walter D. Mignolo, Shu-mei Shih, and Pheng Cheah are included with contributions by anthropologists Caroline B. Brettell and Richard Handler. Historical periods discussed range from the early modern to the contemporary and geographical regions that encompass the globe. Ultimately, Comparison argues for the importance of greater self-reflexivity about the politics and methods of comparison in teaching and in research.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. Rita Felski and Susan Stanford Friedman
  3. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part I. The Stakes of Comparison
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. 1 Why Compare?
  2. R. Radhakrishnan
  3. pp. 15-33
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  1. 2 Why Not Compare?
  2. Susan Stanford Friedman
  3. pp. 34-45
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  1. 3 Crossroads, Distant Killing, and Translation: On the Ethics and Politics of Comparison
  2. Zhang Longxi
  3. pp. 46-63
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  1. 4 Axes of Comparison
  2. Haun Saussy
  3. pp. 64-76
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  1. Part II. Comparison in the World: Uses and Abuses
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. 5 Comparison as Relation
  2. Shu-mei Shih
  3. pp. 79-98
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  1. 6 On Comparison: Who Is Comparing What and Why?
  2. Walter D. Mignolo
  3. pp. 99-119
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  1. 7 Transnationalizing Comparison: The Uses and Abuses of Cross-Cultural Analogy
  2. Robert Stam and Ella Shohat
  3. pp. 120-146
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  1. 8 Race and the Possibilities of Comparative Critique
  2. Ania Loomba
  3. pp. 147-167
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  1. 9 The Material World of Comparison
  2. Pheng Cheah
  3. pp. 168-190
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  1. 10 Chomsky’s Golden Rule: Comparison and Cosmopolitanism
  2. Bruce Robbins
  3. pp. 191-209
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  1. 11 Endings and Beginnings: Reimagining the Tasks and Spaces of Comparison
  2. Mary N. Layoun
  3. pp. 210-234
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  1. 12 Comparison Literature
  2. Rebecca L. Walkowitz
  3. pp. 235-250
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  1. Part III. Comparison in the Disciplines
  2. pp. 251-252
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  1. 13 Rethinking Comparativism
  2. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
  3. pp. 253-270
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  1. 14 The Uses of Incommensurability in Anthropology
  2. Richard Handler
  3. pp. 271-291
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  1. 15 Anthropology, Migration, and Comparative Consciousness
  2. Caroline B. Brettell
  3. pp. 292-314
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  1. 16 A Meditation on Comparison in Historical Scholarship
  2. Linda Gordon
  3. pp. 315-336
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 337-340
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 341-346
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421409498
Related ISBN
9781421409122
MARC Record
OCLC
1139353446
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2020-02-19
Language
English
Open Access
No
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