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Multicomparative Theory, Definitions, Realities (review)

Multicomparative Theory, Definitions, Realities (review) BOOK NOTES VIRGIL NEMOIANU, ed. Multicomparative Theory, Definitions, Realities. Whitestone NY: Council on National Literatures, 1996. 141 pp. This recent volume ofcollected essays encompasses a range of discussions on the changing face ofcomparative literary study. In particular, the debate focuses on the problematic differences between traditional comparative literature, as represented by me Western canon model, and the more globally-oriented multicultural approach. The essays collected here provide a counter-argument to Comparative Literature in the Age ofMulticulturalism (reviewed in the 1996 issue of TAe Comparatist), which was edited by Charles Bernheimer as an outgrowth ofthe official report on standards commissioned by the American Comparative Literature Association. That the globalization and politicization ofcomparative literary study is the primary focus of this Council on National Literatures world report becomes clear in "Globalism, Multiculturalism, and Comparative Literature," an essay by Virgil Nemoianu, me Council's executive director and editor. Nemoianu states from the outset that he does not claim "a unique or absolute mediating role for literature" since for him other things such as "religious energies and impulses . . . can be more important" (43). He grounds his critique of Eurocentric versions of Comparative Literature by stressing the field's more expansive characteristics: its http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Multicomparative Theory, Definitions, Realities (review)

The Comparatist , Volume 21 (1) – Oct 3, 1997

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BOOK NOTES VIRGIL NEMOIANU, ed. Multicomparative Theory, Definitions, Realities. Whitestone NY: Council on National Literatures, 1996. 141 pp. This recent volume ofcollected essays encompasses a range of discussions on the changing face ofcomparative literary study. In particular, the debate focuses on the problematic differences between traditional comparative literature, as represented by me Western canon model, and the more globally-oriented multicultural approach. The essays collected here provide a counter-argument to Comparative Literature in the Age ofMulticulturalism (reviewed in the 1996 issue of TAe Comparatist), which was edited by Charles Bernheimer as an outgrowth ofthe official report on standards commissioned by the American Comparative Literature Association. That the globalization and politicization ofcomparative literary study is the primary focus of this Council on National Literatures world report becomes clear in "Globalism, Multiculturalism, and Comparative Literature," an essay by Virgil Nemoianu, me Council's executive director and editor. Nemoianu states from the outset that he does not claim "a unique or absolute mediating role for literature" since for him other things such as "religious energies and impulses . . . can be more important" (43). He grounds his critique of Eurocentric versions of Comparative Literature by stressing the field's more expansive characteristics: its

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Published: Oct 3, 1997

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