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On Literary Worlds$
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Eric Hayot

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199926695

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926695.001.0001

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Worlds, Literature, Systems

Worlds, Literature, Systems

(p.30) Chapter 2 Worlds, Literature, Systems
On Literary Worlds

Eric Hayot

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines various conceptions of world in world literature and world-systems. It argues for a better theory of the world, and of the relationship between the world and literature. Not to produce a mediating relay between world literature and world-systems, but to see whether focusing on the ontology of composed works can bring “world” differently into the scene. And to see, then, if such a theory makes any difference to our understanding of world literature or the history of worldedness as an aesthetic and cultural phenomenon—as a symptom and as a compass for the history, in other words, of totality as a function of the human imagination.

Keywords:   world literature, world-systems, worldedness, history, aesthetic, cultural phenomenon

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