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On the Horizon of World Literature: Forms of Modernity in Romantic England and Republican China

Emily Sun


This book compares Romantic England and Republican China as asynchronous moments of incipient literary modernity in different lifeworlds. These moments were oriented alike by “world literature” as a discursive framework of classifications that connected and re-organized local articulations of literary histories and literary modernities. The book examines select literary forms—the literary manifesto, the tale collection, the familiar essay, and the domestic novel—as textual sites for the enactment of new socio-political forms-of-life. These forms function as testing grounds for questions of bot ... More

Keywords: comparative literature, modern Chinese literature, modernity, romanticism, theory and criticism, world literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780823294787
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823294787.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Sun, author
Barnard College