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Tracing Global Democracy by Vladimir Biti

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10 Countering the Empirical Evidence:From Immigrant Cosmopolitanism to a Cosmopolitanism of the Disregarded

10.1 Abstracting from natural transcendentals

If Eastern and Central European literary theorists of the twenties and thirties applied the “politics of estrangement” (Tihanov 2005) to the national idea of literature prevalent in their post-imperially reconfigured homelands, the immigrant generation of French literary theorists of the sixties reapplied the same politics to the universalist idea of literature commanding their new domicile. Instead of literary nationalism, they targeted literary universalism. Having broken from the Eastern European countries located at the “national” margins of Europe right into its “supranational” heart, immigrants ...

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