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From Comparison to World Literature by Longxi Zhang

By Longxi Zhang

The research of worldwide literature is at the upward push. until eventually lately, the time period "world literature" was once a misnomer in comparative literature scholarship, which generally interested in Western literature in ecu languages. In an more and more globalized period, this is often commencing to swap. during this selection of essays, Zhang Longxi discusses how we will go beyond Eurocentrism or the other ethnocentrism and revisit the idea that of global literature from a very worldwide viewpoint. Zhang considers literary works and demanding insights from chinese language and different non-Western traditions, drawing on scholarship from a variety of disciplines within the humanities, and integrating a number of ways and views from either East and West. the increase of worldwide literature emerges as a thrilling new method of literary experiences as Zhang argues for the validity of cross-cultural figuring out, fairly from the viewpoint of East-West comparative reviews.

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It is ironic that cultural relativists, who maintain that language, cognition, and knowledge are ail generated within the system of one culture and do not obtain across cultures, nonetheless daim 5. Lindsay Waters, "The Age of Incommensurability," Boundary 2 28:2 (Summer 2001): 144, 145. 6. Hilary Putnam, Realism with a Human Face, ed. James Conant (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Uni· versity Press, 1990), p. 127. 7. Donald Davidson, Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2001), p.

106. "32 Even today, these are still conspicuous differences, for Western medicine and the biomedical and pathological theories underlying medical treatment are quite different from the Chinese practice of acupuncture, herbaI medicine, and their theoretical justifications. These important differences between China and Greece would put any simplistic universal daim into question. Differences are a matter of degree, however, not of kind, and more or less understanding and communication have always worked across linguistic and cultural gaps.

Rosaldo, Renato, "Where Objectivity Lies: The Rhetoric of Anthropology," in John S. Nelson, Allan Megill, & Donald N. ), The Rhetoric of the Human Sciences: Language and Argument in Scholarship and Public Affairs (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1987), p. 90. 41. Schwartz, China and Other Matters, p. 7. 3 Difference or Affinity? A Methodological Issue in Comparative Studies In comparative studies, should one put emphasis on difference or on affinity between the things we bring into comparison?

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