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293. The Study of World Literature in Anthropological Perspective

Monday, 4 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 204, Hynes

Program arranged by the Division on Anthropological Approaches to Literature

Presiding: Regenia Gagnier, Univ. of Exeter

Speakers: Elleke Boehmer, Univ. of Oxford; Lu Jiande, Chinese Acad. of Social Sciences, Beijing; Mark A. Wollaeger, Vanderbilt Univ.

Responding: Steven Caton, Harvard Univ.

Session Description:

The study of world literature is growing rapidly in contested terrains: world literature as the best; as circulating in translation or mediation; in relation to power and domination (e.g., in relation to postcolonial studies); in relation to globalization; in relation to commodification. The panelists will describe their particular positions on the field, and an anthropologist will respond.


  • General Literature – Literary Relations

  • General Literature – Themes, Myths, and Archetypes

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