The FILLM Newsletter
|Major Versus Minor? Languages and Literatures in a Globalized World|
Theo D'han, Iannis Goerlandt and Roger D. Sell (eds)
Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2015
Do the notions of “World Lingua Franca” and “World Literature” now need
to be firmly relegated to an imperialist-cum-colonialist past? Or can
they be rehabilitated in a practical and equitable way that fully
endorses a politics of recognition? For scholars in the field of
languages and literatures, this is the central dilemma to be faced in a
world that is increasingly globalized.
In this book, the possible banes
and benefits of globalization are illuminated from many different
viewpoints by scholars based in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and
Oceania. Among their more particular topics of discussion are: language
spread, language hegemony, and language conservation; literary canons,
literature and identity, and literary anthologies; and the bearing of
the new communication technologies on languages and literatures alike.
Throughout the book, however, the most frequently explored opposition is
between languages or literatures perceived as “major” and others
perceived as “minor”, two terms which are sometimes qualitative in
connotation, sometimes quantitative, and sometimes both at once,
depending on who is using them and with reference to what.
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