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Critical Essays on World Literature, Comparative Literature and the “Other”

Author(s): Jüri Talvet

Book Description

The book offers coherent theoretical treatment of the conceptions of “World Literature” and “Comparative Literature”, in parallel with their practical application to the research of different literary phenomena (Renaissance and Baroque creativity, literary canons, philosophy of translation, etc.), especially, as viewed from the point of view of the “other”—“peripheral” (minor, minority) national(-linguistic) cultures.

Envisaging womankind’s historical liberation and a budding “comparative world sensibility” has been seen as one of the greatest merits of European “creative humanists”. To explain the deep sources of creativity and image authenticity, the notions of the (aesthetic) “infra-other” and (philosophical) “transgeniality” have been introduced. The proposed aim would be to transcend monologues of ideological-cultural “centres”, as well as formalistic and sociological trends in cultural and literary research and teaching.

The book advocates a plurality of creative dialogues and a mutually enriching symbiotic relationship between “centres” and “peripheries”.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-3868-9
ISBN-10: 1-5275-3868-0
Date of Publication: 01/11/2019
Pages / Size: 211 / A5
Price: £66.99


Since the start of the 21st century, Jüri Talvet has emerged as one of the best-known Estonian poets, cultural critics and literary scholars in the international arena. Translated selections of his poetry and essays have appeared in English, Spanish, French, Italian and other languages. A graduate in English philology from the University of Tartu, Estonia (1972) and a PhD in Western literatures by Leningrad (St. Petersburg) University, Russia (1981), he has acted for more than a quarter-century as the Chaired Professor of World/Comparative Literature in Tartu, where he also founded Spanish studies. In 2016 he was elected a member of Academia Europaea.