C21: Interpretive Horizon: World-Literature & the Capitalist World-System
24th Feb 2016 4:00pm-5:30pm
107 Dallington House, Falmer Campus
Elaborating on the work of the Warwick Research Collective in their recent publication, Combined and Uneven Development: Towards a New Theory of World-Literature, this talk will resituate the problem of ‘world literature,’ considered as a revived category of theoretical enquiry, by pursuing the literary-cultural implications of world-systems theory and the theory of combined and uneven development. It is in the conjuncture of combined and uneven development, on the one hand, and the recently interrogated and expanded category of ‘world literature’ that the WReC project looks for its specific contours. We argue for a single, but radically uneven world-system; a singular modernity, combined and uneven; and a literature that variously registers this combined unevenness in both its form and content to reveal itself as, properly speaking, world-literature. The talk will examine our basic propositions about what methodological concerns might be raised by considering literature as literature of the capitalist world-system, and go on to present individual case studies from the current research of WReC members Dr. Sharae Deckard and Professor Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee.