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p. 834. Disciplines and debateslocked

  • Ben Hutchinson

Abstract

Since the 1960s, comparative literature has splintered into a range of competing disciplines. In order to most accurately gauge its place within the Humanities today, ‘Disciplines and debates’ considers the various incarnations of comparative literature in neighbouring disciplines, including literary theory, cultural studies, postcolonialism, world literature, translation studies, and reception studies. It looks at each area, explaining how the growth of literary theory and cultural studies, in particular, helps us understand the growth of comparative literature. Since the turn of the millennium, the role of world literature as a model of comparison has come to the fore while translation remains the prerequisite for and the very practice of comparative literature.

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