From the current vantage point of the transformation of books and libraries, B. Venkat Mani presents a historical account of world literature. By locating translation, publication, and circulation along routes of Ã¢ÂÂbibliomigrancyÃ¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂthe physical and virtual movement of booksÃ¢ÂÂMani narrates how world literature is coded and recoded as literary works find new homes on faraway bookshelves.
Mani argues that the proliferation of world literature in a society is the function of a nationÃ¢ÂÂs relationship with print cultureÃ¢ÂÂa Faustian pact with books. Moving from early Orientalist collections, to the Nazi magazine Weltliteratur, to the European Digital Library, Mani reveals the political foundations for a history of world literature that is at once a philosophical ideal, a process of exchange, a mode of reading, and a system of classification.
Shifting current scholarshipÃ¢ÂÂs focus from the academic to the general reader, from the university to the public sphere, Recoding World Literature argues that world literature is culturally determined, historically conditioned, and politically charged.
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