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Specters of World Literature: Orientalism, Modernity, and the Novel in the Middle East

Karim Mattar


This book draws on Edward Said, Aamir Mufti, Jacques Derrida, and world-systems theory to address the institutionalized construct of “world literature” from its origins in Goethe and Marx to the present day.  It argues that through its history, this construct has served to incorporate if not annul local literatures and the concept of “local literature” itself, and to universalize the novel, the lyric poem, and the stage play as the only literary forms appropriate to modernity.  It demonstrates this thesis through a comparative reading of the reinscription of the classical Arabic-Islamic concep ... More

Keywords: World literature, History of the novel, The Middle East, Orientalism, Modernity, Spectrality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474467032
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474467032.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karim Mattar, author
University of Colorado at Boulder