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From National Literatures to World Literature

Par Saugata Bhaduri : Professeur - Jawaharlal Nehru University
Publié par Marion Coste le 02/03/2023

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If, rather than being rooted in sectarian identity politics, reading strategies for literary and cultural practice have to be other-regarding, and not be cocooned within one’s self-same monolingual and monocultural universes, it calls for translation and comparative literature – where one goes beyond literary and cultural texts in one’s own language and reaches out to the other – to become mainstays of such a practice. To what extent would an emphasis on going beyond one’s own identitarian literary universes require one to align with the project of World Literature, considering further the question of access to ‘worlding’ and canonization in a deeply differential globalized world? The role played by translation and comparative literature in leading pedagogic praxes beyond national monolingual literatures towards the ethical and other-regarding project of World Literature will be examined in this lecture with particular reference to the Bengali author Rabindranath Tagore’s views on the same.

This talk was part of the "Lectures in English Studies" programme of the Department of English at the ENS de Lyon and was organized by Vanessa Guignery. 


1. World Literature 00:00:00
2. Comparative Literature 00:08:45
3. Tagore on 'World Literature'  00:23:11
  • Work and Literature
  • Wasteful Expenditure
  • Literature as Excess
  • Literature as Trans-Contextual
  • Literature as Trans-Historical
  • Literature as Second World
  • Beyond Provincial Narrow-Mindedness: Reaching the Other
4. Crisis in Comparative Literature 00:44:32
5. Globalectics and World Literature 00:52:33
Conclusion 01:00:08


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Saugata Bhaduri, "From National Literatures to World Literature", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2023. Consulté le 27/05/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/litterature/litterature-postcoloniale/from-national-literatures-to-world-literature