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In orbit: Roberto Bolaño and world literature
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Chilean author Roberto Bolaño (1953-2003) has achieved considerable critical and commercial success among a global English readership. Breaking into the US market, which has an important mediating role for the international circulation of texts, is a rare feat for a non-Anglophone author and requires some explanation. In the spirit of Pascale Casanova’s international criticism, this paper looks at Bolaño’s work as world literature and his persona as a world-literature figure against which theories on the subject can be measured. Furthermore, I will partly use his posthumous novel, 2666, as an example of a work that arises out of this process of becoming-world-literature. The success of Bolaño more or less conforms to the main theories of world literature (Casanova, Moretti, Thomsen), but it also reveals interesting mismatches and problematic aspects that show a need to update existing theories. 

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2015. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
World literature, Roberto Bolaño, 2666, The Savage Detectives, Latin America, Márquez, The Boom, Pascale Casanova, Franco Moretti, Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, Seattle, Amazon
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Humanities Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118125OAI: diva2:820371
Available from: 2015-06-18 Created: 2015-06-12 Last updated: 2015-06-18Bibliographically approved

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