logo
Supporting your high street Find out how »
Basket Image

Basket

What Is a World? : On Postcolonial Literature as World Literature, Paperback / softback Book

What Is a World? : On Postcolonial Literature as World Literature Paperback / softback

Description

In What Is a World? Pheng Cheah, a leading theorist of cosmopolitanism, offers the first critical consideration of world literature's cosmopolitan vocation. Addressing the failure of recent theories of world literature to inquire about the meaning of world, Cheah articulates a normative theory of literature's world-making power by creatively synthesizing four philosophical accounts of the world as a temporal process: idealism, Marxist materialism, phenomenology, and deconstruction.

Literature opens worlds, he provocatively suggests, because it is a force of receptivity.

Cheah compellingly argues for postcolonial literature's exemplarity as world literature through readings of narrative fiction by Michelle Cliff, Amitav Ghosh, Nuruddin Farah, Ninotchka Rosca, and Timothy Mo that show how these texts open up new possibilities for remaking the world by negotiating with the inhuman force that gives time and deploying alternative temporalities to resist capitalist globalization.

Information

  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary theory
  • ISBN: 9780822360926

Other Formats

£22.99

£18.85

 
Free Home Delivery

on all orders

 
Pick up orders

from local bookshops

Also by Pheng Cheah   |  View all