A Global Challenge to Literature: Globalisation and Literary Theory

By Paweł K. Rutkiewicz.

Published by The International Journal of Literary Humanities

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This article considers the impact of globalization on literary studies in general - and on literary theory in particular. First of all, the world’s compression (as a result of global communication, media, and migrations) makes inter-cultural contacts a matter of everyday experience. Along with a progressive transformation of culture’s concept itself, such a statement encourages the assumption about the necessity of a switch from comparative literature, to a kind of global hermeneutics. I mean a practice of reading and interpreting the foreign texts (texts from the outside of the reader’s cultural context) with an emphasis on the world’s inaccessibility in its entireness (or even on its “strangeness” – in relation with ethical concept of “otherness”). Another problem concerns literature’s contemporary condition: how to maintain the conviction about literature's importance, while the visual and so called “new media” are undermining its attractiveness to readers? Handling the issues – and the concepts of “world literature” by Goethe and Damrosch as well – would be an attempt to discern, what opportunities for further development the literary studies are given by the “global studies.”

Keywords: Globalisation, World Literature, Contact Zone

The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 12, Issue 3-4, February 2015, pp.1-7. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: February 27, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 378.952KB)).

Paweł K. Rutkiewicz

Doctoral Candidate, Philological Faculty, Institute of Contemporary Culture, University of Łódź, Łódź, Poland