Universitatea „Babeș-Bolyai” din Cluj-Napoca, Facultatea de Litere; Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Letters
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Regimes of Relevance: The Newcomers
Starting from Galin Tihanov’s thesis that a regime of relevance breeds a particular manner of thinking critically about literature, this essay looks at the birth of World Literature and compares its genesis with that of Russian Formalism. Then, the discussion moves to the evolution of World Literature from a set of apparently universal reading methods to a more localized form of criticism, often intersecting decolonialism. The final section is dedicated to the possible emergence of a new, still obscure regime of relevance by means of participatory art.
Keywords: World Literature, literary theory, bird’s-eye vs. close-up, decolonialism.
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