East Asia as Comparative Paradigm

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge History of World Literature
EditorsDebjani Ganguly
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Chapter14
Pages281-294
Number of pages13
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9781108493581
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

Abstract

With some fundamental changes taking place in the late twentieth and the early twenty-first century in an increasingly globalized world, especially the rapid growth of Asian economy and the rise of China, many of the old paradigms originated in the nineteenth century in social sciences and the humanities are losing their explanatory power and need to be modified and updated. Global history, for example, puts emphasis on the connectedness of the world from a broader perspective than the nineteenth-century norm of national histories, and world literature examines literary and cultural traditions far beyond the Eurocentric concentration and the Western canon. East Asia with its traditional Sinosphere and the Chinese scriptworld are getting more attention in recent scholarship as a regional cultural concept, which may offer some constructive ideas and insights into the multiplicity of cultural centers rather than the monolithic nucleus of a national model. This essay will discuss East Asia as a potential paradigm for the comparative study of literatures and cultures not just in East Asia, but for the idea of world literature as well.

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East Asia as Comparative Paradigm. / ZHANG, Longxi.

The Cambridge History of World Literature. ed. / Debjani Ganguly. Vol. 1 Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2021. p. 281-294.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review