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Tracing Global Democracy by Vladimir Biti

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11 Political and/or Literary Community: From Class to Messianic Cosmopolitanism

11.1 Singularity – a European mission?

Among the concepts that frequently cross the various roads of the humanities at the outset of the twenty-first century, one seems to do so in a particularly insistent way: singularity. From its rich disciplinary background and complex theoretical genealogy, meticulously traced by Derek Attridge in The Singularity of Literature (2004) and Timothy Clark in The Poetics of Singularity (2005), in what follows I shall single out only the explosive relation between singularity and community. In recent debates, the latter concept was at least seriously reexamined, if not exactly replaced by the former. If the idea of community acquired ...

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