Beyond English: World Literature and India (Literatures as World Literature) (Paperback)

Beyond English: World Literature and India (Literatures as World Literature) By Bhavya Tiwari, Thomas Oliver Beebee (Editor) Cover Image

Beyond English: World Literature and India (Literatures as World Literature) (Paperback)

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Honorable Mention, Harry Levin Prize, 2022 (American Comparative Literature Association)

Beyond English: World Literature and India
radically alters the debates on world literature that hinge on the model of circulation and global capital by deeply engaging with the idea of the world and world-making in South Asia. Tiwari argues that Indic words for world (vishva, jagat, sansar) offer a nuanced understanding of world literature that is antithetical to a commodified and standardized monolingual globe. She develops a comparative study of the concept of "world literature" (vishva sahitya) in Rabindranath Tagore's works, the desire for a new world in the lyrics of the Hindi shadowism (chhayavaad) poets, and world-making in Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai's Chemmeen (1956) and Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things (1997).

By emphasizing the centrality of "literature" (sahitya) through a close reading of texts, Tiwari orients world literature toward comparative literature and comparative literature toward a worldliness that is receptive to the poetics of a world in its original language and in translation.
Bhavya Tiwari is Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Houston, USA.
Product Details ISBN: 9781501386879
ISBN-10: 1501386875
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: June 29th, 2023
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: Literatures as World Literature