Comparative Literature

Literature Studies - Cultural Studies

Andrzej Hejmej. Translated by Lindsay Davidson

Jagiellonian University Press

Comparative Literature

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Pub Date: September 2018

ISBN: 9788323344391

336 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Comparative Literature

Literature Studies - Cultural Studies

Andrzej Hejmej. Translated by Lindsay Davidson

Jagiellonian University Press

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This book is an attempt to diagnose the condition of (post-)modern comparative literature and to formulate its role in the media society in a multicultural world. Andrzej Hejmej reviews the current situation of an “indiscipline” in the widest possible perspective, taking into account both the first concepts from the nineteenth century, including proposals from the French comparative literary scholars, Goethe's idea of Weltliteratur, and the institutional work of H. Von Meltzl, as well as the latest concepts from the comparative literary scholars from Western Europe and the U.S.

The history of the formation of the main trends of comparative literary studies is explained through the use of metaphors: the Eiffel Tower, the World Trade Center, and the Tower of Babel. Tackling a variety of proposals from comparative literature scholars as well as proposals from researchers into intermedial and intercultural phenomena leads us to a new look at comparative literature and comparative literary studies. As a result, Hejmej understands modern comparative literature not so much as a further extension of the institutional dimension but more as an interpretative practice embedded in everyday life. This intercultural perspective opens new horizons for comparative literary studies in the twenty-first century.

About the Author

Andrzej Hejmej is professor at the Faculty of Polish Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. His recent publications include a volume on comparative literature and cultural studies as well as numerous papers on comparative literature, literary theory, and modern Polish literature.