• Thinking Literature across Continents

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  • Preface / J. HIllis Miller  vii

    Acknowledgments / Ranjan Ghosh  ix

    Acknowledgments / J. Hillis Miller  xi

    Introduction: Thinking across Continents / Ranjan Ghosh  1

    Introduction Continued: The Idiosyncrasy of the Literary Test / J. Hillis Miller  9

    Part I: The Matter and Mattering of Literature

    1. Making Sahitya Matter / Ranjan Ghosh

    2. Literature Matters Today / J. Hillis Miller

    Part II: Poem and Poetry

    3. The Story of a Poem / Ranjan Ghosh  71

    4. Western Theories of Poetry: Reading Wallace Stevens's "The Motive for Metaphor" / J. Hillis Miller  93

    Part III: Literature and the World

    5. More than Global / Ranjan Ghosh  111

    6. Globalization and World Literature / J. Hillis Miller  134

    Part IV: Teaching Literature

    7. Reinventing the Teaching Machine: Looking for a Text in an Indian Classroom / Ranjan Ghosh  155

    8. Should We Read or Teach Literature Now? / J. Hillis Miller  177

    Part V: Ethics and Literature

    9. The Ethics of Reading Sahitya / Ranjan Ghosh  207

    10. Literature and Ethics: Truth and Lie in Framley Parsonage / J. Hillis Miller  232

    Epilogue / Ranjan Ghosh  259

    Notes  263

    Bibliography  291

    Index  307
  • "As Ghosh makes a gesture to develop a new sense of universal literature, one that infuses both Western and developing world literary traditions and histories, Miller reflects on the impact of deconstruction and the dominance of new media in Western culture and society, and provides some redemptive values of literature. Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty."

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  • "As Ghosh makes a gesture to develop a new sense of universal literature, one that infuses both Western and developing world literary traditions and histories, Miller reflects on the impact of deconstruction and the dominance of new media in Western culture and society, and provides some redemptive values of literature. Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty."

  • "This collaborative, explicitly dialogical volume is a most important intervention in comparative and world literature studies. Its five sections provide vital new perspectives on transcultural entanglement within and across Asia, Europe, and beyond. Ranjan Ghosh's explorations in '(in)fusion,' his transnational, transcontinental theory of literature, combined with J. Hillis Miller's 'unmasking' of ideological distortions via rhetorical readings of individual works, offer timely challenges to past and present configurations of both 'world literature' and 'comparative literature.' Thinking Literature across Continents rightly urges and itself provides an expert example of continued rigor and broader outlooks in our study of literature in all its myriad forms."  — Karen Thornber, Harvard University

    "Rejecting any easy binaries between East and West, Ranjan Ghosh and J. Hillis Miller read across not just continents but also languages, traditions, cultures, texts, philosophies, and pedagogies. For Ghosh, method comes before text; for Miller, text comes before method. Working both ends to the middle, the authors elegantly demonstrate a new, powerful, and generous way to do critique, inviting readers directly into their conversation to tease out its productive ruptures, surprising convergences, and thorny entanglements. A highly readable, wonderfully inventive, and deeply satisfying book." — Diana Fuss, Louis W. Fairchild '24 Professor of English, Princeton University

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    Thinking Literature across Continents finds Ranjan Ghosh and J. Hillis Miller—two thinkers from different continents, cultures, training, and critical perspectives—debating and reflecting upon what literature is and why it matters. Ghosh and Miller do not attempt to formulate a joint theory of literature; rather, they allow their different backgrounds and lively disagreements to stimulate generative dialogue on poetry, world literature, pedagogy, and the ethics of literature. Addressing a varied literary context ranging from Victorian literature, Chinese literary criticism and philosophy, and continental philosophy to Sanskrit poetics and modern European literature, Ghosh offers a transnational theory of literature while Miller emphasizes the need to account for what a text says and how it says it. Thinking Literature across Continents highlights two minds continually discovering new paths of communication and two literary and cultural traditions intersecting in productive and compelling ways.

    About The Author(s)

    Ranjan Ghosh teaches in the Department of English, University of North Bengal, and is the author of, most recently, Transcultural Poetics and the Concept of the Poet: From Philip Sidney to T. S. Eliot.

    J. Hillis Miller is UCI Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine and the author of, most recently, An Innocent Abroad: Lectures in China.
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