The World Republic of Letters
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The World Republic of Letters

By (author) Pascale Casanova , Translated by Malcolm B. Debevoise

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The "world of letters" has always seemed a matter more of metaphor than of global reality. Rejecting facile talk of globalization, with its suggestion of a happy literary "melting pot," Pascale Casanova exposes an emerging regime of inequality in the world of letters, where minor languages and literatures are subject to the invisible but implacable violence of their dominant counterparts.

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  • Paperback | 440 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 498.95g
  • 08 May 2007
  • HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge, Mass
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0674010213
  • 9780674010215
  • 125,975

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Pascale Casanova is a researcher at the Center for Research in Arts and Language and a literary critic in Paris.

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"The World Republic of Letters - empire more than a republic, as Casanova shows - is likely to have the same sort of liberating impact at large as Said's Orientalism, with which it stands comparison." - Perry Anderson, London Review of Books "[A] pathbreaking study...Casanova's range of literary allusions, from Berlin to Havana, Norway to Somalia, is astonishing...This book, which unlike many other works of literary theory is written (or at any rate translated) with exemplary lucidity, represents a milestone in the history of modern literary thought." - Terry Eagleton, New Statesman"

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