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Riddles of BelongingIndia in Translation and Other Tales of Possession$
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Christi A. Merrill

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229550

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823229550.001.0001

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Humoring the Melancholic Reader of World Literature

Humoring the Melancholic Reader of World Literature

(p.16) One: Humoring the Melancholic Reader of World Literature
Riddles of Belonging

Christi A. Merrill

Fordham University Press

The discussion in this chapter is framed in a query of the displaced anxiety over originality that pervades much of modern literary discussions, focusing on texts that, like Gandhi's quip, defy easy division into categories of oral and written, translated and original, literary and nonliterary, even academic and nonacademic.

Keywords:   literature, originality, oral, written, translated

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