Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2004

Publication Source

The International Fiction Review

Volume

31

Issue

1&2

Inclusive pages

78-87

Publisher

University of New /Brunswick

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

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.

Keywords

aldous huxley, dana sawyer, nicholas murray, c.c. barfoot, global literary studies, review article

Disciplines

English Language and Literature

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