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Tracing Global Democracy by Vladimir Biti

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5 Who Worlds the Literature? Goethe’s Weltliteratur and Globalization

Ich fordere Sie ernstlich auf: Lust und Luft für alle!(I am urging you seriously: lust and air for everybody!)Elfriede Jelinek, Lust (1987)

5.1 Comparative literature as the promoter of globalization

If at the time of its establishment Goethe’s Weltliteratur was indeed a “literary-political concept” (Günther 1990:104), the same holds even more for its contemporary interpretations and appropriations.54 We usually see them adapting the idea, in a more or less inconsiderate manner, to new political investments and compensatory reconfigurations. In an essay which caused a considerable stir in the academic enclave of comparative literature, Franco Moretti (2000: 54) took as a point ...

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