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On Literary Worlds


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Acknowledgments ; Preface ; Part I: Literary Worlds ; 1 The World and the Work of Art ; 2 Worlds, Literature, Systems ; 3 Literary Worlds ; 4 First Propositions ; 5 Aspects of Worldedness ; Part II: Modes of Modern Literature ; 6 The Planet and the World ; 7 Universalism as a World View ; 8 Realism, Romanticism, Modernism ; 9 Six Variables, Three Modes ; Part III: Ideologies of the Institution ; 10 Against Periodization ; 11 Institutional Problems Require Institutional Solutions ; Part IV: 4 Appendices ; 12 The Empty Quadrant ; 13 Medium and Form ; 14 On the History of Reality ; 15 Beyond the Modern

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Eric Hayot is Professor of Comparative Literature at Penn State and director of its Asian Studies Program. He is the author of Chinese Dreams: Pound, Brecht, Tel Quel (University of Michigan Press, 2003) and The Hypothetical Mandarin (OUP, 2009).


highly informed, provocative, and relevant to advanced readers engaged in the study of linguistics and world literature from the perspective of postmodern theory. * L. A. Brewer, Choice *
This is cleary meant to be a thought-provoking book, and it succeeds in that ambition. * Alexander Beecroft, Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History *

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