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Tayeb Salih, Sol Plaatje and the Trajectories of World Literature
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2015 (English)In: The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, ISSN 2052-2614, Vol. 2, no 2, 253-260 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A crucial theoretical question in world literature studies concerns the dual trajectories of extroversion and introversion, and how they relate to or even are predicated on each other. By discussing the examples of Tayeb Salih and, in particular, Sol Plaatje, this article tries to demonstrate that although the current turn towardmore “introverted” literary studies can be seen as justifiably critical of single-system modes of world literature theory, an attentiveness to the combined and contradictory trajectories of extroversion and introversion will enable a more situated and localized form of world literature studies that nonetheless evades the risk of reifying nationalor linguistic provenance. This also requires a stronger conception of reception history not as a transparent vessel for the literary object, but as an active agent in rendering specific texts or authorships readable as introverted or extroverted.

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2015. Vol. 2, no 2, 253-260 p.
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extroversion, introversion, Sol Plaatje, print culture, reception history, Tayeb Salih, world literature
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Specific Literatures General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-127157DOI: 10.1017/pli.2015.13OAI: diva2:907148
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-02-26 Created: 2016-02-26 Last updated: 2016-02-26Bibliographically approved

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