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NLR 8, March-April 2001

Should relations between national literatures be conceived on the model of international competition between states? Christopher Prendergast assesses a bold French attempt to analyse the historical dynamics of the ‘world republic of letters’, from the Renaissance to the present day—with Paris emerging as an unexpectedly durable capital. Were national determinations of literary projects always so predominant, and what of cross-cultural variations in the meaning of literature itself?

Christopher Prendergast

Negotiating World Literature

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Christopher Prendergast ‘Negotiating World Literature’, NLR 8

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