The International Fiction Review
University of New /Brunswick
The new century is witnessing a remarkable paradigm shift in literary studies, a shift captured by a few progressively minded critics' move away from a nationalist emphasis on cultural continuity and homogeneity in the study of national literatures toward a global emphasis that recognizes the diverse, heterogeneous, and multicultural constituents that shape Western literature. This paradigmatic change has been succinctly delineated by such critics as Stephen Greenblatt, Giles Gunn, and Paul Jay, who argue that the nationalist model has neglected the divergent cultural constituents of literature and, accordingly, the interconnections between diverse cultural traditions and heritages. They propose to globalize literary studies and urge us to move beyond a rooted sense of cultural legitimacy in order to explore the transnationally diverse influences in literature.
aldous huxley, dana sawyer, nicholas murray, c.c. barfoot, global literary studies, review article
English Language and Literature
Lidan Lin (2004).
Aldous Huxley in the Age of Global Literary Studies. The International Fiction Review.31 (1&2), 78-87. University of New /Brunswick.