Combined and Uneven Development
Towards a New Theory of World-Literature
Sharae Deckard, Nicholas Lawrence, Neil Lazarus, Graeme Macdonald, Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee, Benita Parry, and Stephen Shapiro
Sharae Deckard, Nicholas Lawrence, Neil Lazarus, Graeme Macdonald, Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee, Benita Parry and Stephen Shapiro are all members of the Warwick Research Collective (WReC) at the University of Warwick.
1. World-Literature in the Context of Combined and Uneven Development 2. The Question of Peripheral Realism 3. ‘Irrealism’ in Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North 4. Oboroten Spectres: Lycanthropy, Neoliberalism and New Russia in Victor Pelevin 5. The European Literary Periphery 6. Ivan Vladislavic: Traversing the Uneven City Notes Works Cited Index
Overall, Combined and Uneven Development not only offers a much-needed theorisation of how literature is shaped by the ‘world’, but also how it can reimagine different political, historical, and social contexts. Through a number of compelling case studies from a range of geopolitical contexts the WReC exemplify how their theory of world-literature can be discerned and developed in peripheral and semi-peripheral literary spaces.
Isabelle Hesse, The University of Sydney, Postcolonial Studies Association
Theoretically, they emphasise that literature is a globally connected system, in which one can differentiate between core cultures and peripheries.... For world-literature understood in this sense, the authors elaborate a valuable and undeniably useful toolkit of literary analysis.
Péter Hajdu, Recherche Littéraire / Literary Research
I would recommend the book as an introductory piece that can double as an entrée into the WReC’s other projects, all of which are well worth the read.
Matthew Eatough Postcolonial Text
Hinging on the powerful explanatory value of the concept of "combined and uneven development,” this well-conceived and carefully researched collective effort makes a strong case for its own, highly developed 'world-systems’ approach to the ‘world’ in ‘world literature’ while at the same time situating itself critically but patiently within the welter of rubrics and jargons that have made any scholarly venture into “postcolonial” and/or "world literary” territories a parlous one simply because of the danger of getting bogged down in endlessly sectarian disputes over the purported politics implied in the adoption of this or that self-designation.
This book marks a new path. From its opening to its concluding lines, it is analytically precise, uncannily well-read, forthright without being blunt, and as comprehensive as any study of world literature is ever likely to be. The book promises a “new comparatism” and it very much delivers: eloquently, intelligently, and with a distinctive command.
University of Minnesota
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: June 25, 2015
Series: Postcolonialism Across the Disciplines 17