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New Comparisons in World Literature

Narratives of Difference in Globalized Cultures

Reading Transnational Cultural Commodities

Editors: Martín-Lucas, Belén, Ruthven, Andrea (Eds.)

  • Interrogates questions of race, gender, media, language, and class
  • Addresses contemporary concerns surrounding identity and difference in neoliberal, globalized societies
  • Examines a wide range of media, from literature to performance art, painting and docu-poetry
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About this book

This book is about how the marketing of transnational cultural commodities capitalizes on difference and its appeal for cosmopolitan consumers in our postmodern globalized world. At what price? What ethical and political conundrums does the artist/writer/reader confront when going global? This volume analyzes why difference - whether gender, sexual, racial, ethnic, or linguistic - has become such a prominent element in the contemporary cultural field, and the effects of this prevalence on the production, circulation and reception of cultural commodities in the context of globalization. At the intersection of globalization, diaspora, postcolonial and feminist studies in world literature, these essays engage critically with a wide variety of representative narratives taken from diverse cultural fields, including humanitarian fiction, multilingual poetry, painting, text-image art, performance art, film, documentary, and docu-poetry. The chapters included offer counter-readings that disrupt hegemonic representations of cultural identity within the contemporary, neoliberal and globalized landscape.

About the authors

Belén Martín-Lucas is Associate Professor in the fields of Postcolonial, Diasporic and Gender Studies at the University of Vigo, Spain. She has published extensively on transnational literature from feminist perspectives, and co-edited nine scholarly collections and journal special issues on globalization and nationalism.

Andrea Ruthven is Lecturer in the English and Modern Languages and Literatures Department at the University of Barcelona, Spain, and in the English Department at Mediterrani University College, University of Girona, Spain. Her research focuses on contemporary women’s writing, feminist theory and gender studies.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Interrogating the Production, Circulation and Reception of ‘Difference’ in Globalized Cultures

    Martín-Lucas, Belén (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Subversive Translation and Lexical Empathy: Pedagogies of Cortesia and Transnational Multilingual Poetics

    Bobis, Merlinda

    Pages 13-35

  • The Production and Productivity of Humanitarian Fiction: Postcolonial Shame and Neocolonial Crises

    Callahan, David

    Pages 37-56

  • Still Devouring Frida Kahlo: Psychobiography versus Postcolonial and Disability Readings

    Brigley Thompson, Zoë

    Pages 57-80

  • The World Republic of Readers

    Procter, James

    Pages 81-93

Buy this book

eBook £63.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62133-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £80.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62132-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Narratives of Difference in Globalized Cultures
Book Subtitle
Reading Transnational Cultural Commodities
Editors
  • Belén Martín-Lucas
  • Andrea Ruthven
Series Title
New Comparisons in World Literature
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62133-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62133-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62132-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 251
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations
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