Globalization and Literature
December 2008, Polity
Suman Gupta argues that, while literature has registered globalization processes in relevant ways, there has been a missed articulation between globalization studies and literary studies. Examples are given of some of the ways in which this slippage is now being addressed and may be taken forward, taking up such themes as the manner in which anti-globalization protests and world cities have figured in literary works; the ways in which theories of postmodernism and postcolonialism, familiar in literary studies, have diverged from and converged with globalization studies; and how industries to do with the circulation of literature are becoming globalized.
This book is intended for university-level students and teachers, researchers, and other informed readers with an interest in the above issues, and serves as both a survey of the field and an intervention within it.
- State of the art overview of the relationship between globalization studies and literature and literary studies.
- The first book length treatment of this cutting edge area, pitched for undergraduate students.
- Covers a range of themes at the intersection of globalization and literature, from anti-globalization protests and world cities in literary works to the changing concepts of texts and text editing in the wake of digitisation.
- Serves both as a survey of this emergent field and an intervention within it.
Susan Bassnett, University of Warwick
"Gupta sheds a clear light on this little explored field through his comprehensive coverage of the scholarship, his multipronged approach to the topic, and his sure-footed negotiation of theoretical issues."
Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, New York University
"In his book, Professor Gupta examines the relationship between globalization and literature via a historical approach, notably the self/inner differentiation in English studies. It is thought-provoking, full of insight and most cogent, and well worth recommending to everyone seriously interested in this area."
Yue Daiyun, Peking University