“World Literature” as cultural institution and disciplinary regime

Aamir Mufti, Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a major thinker in the transnational humanities, has written an Orientalism for the early twenty first century:  not a sequel or an update to Edward Said’s epoch-making book but one of comparable breadth, integrity, and urgency. His Forget English! (2016) criticizes capitalism, globalism, colonialism, and Eurocentrism by offering a rigorous genealogy of “world literature” as cultural institution and disciplinary regime.  My review essay, which recommends its wholeheartedly, has appeared in the journal boundary 2.




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