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It’s Only the End of the World.

Author(s): Baer, Benjamin

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Abstract: Elaborating Barbara Cassin’s category of the Untranslatable, Emily Apter’s Against World Literature demonstrates the Untranslatable’s performative capability to question and displace the voracity of the World Literature industry. Neither a primer nor a how-to, Apter’s new book ranges across a wide assortment of texts to disclose the Untranslatable as a political and textual event indigestible by and unprofitable to the prevailing practices of World Literature. The unpredictable tracks of Untranslatables necessitate a rethought Comparative Literature newly attentive to the textuality of its languages and open to a rapidly transforming world. Apter gives a vivid sense of the scale of the task ahead if anything resembling change in practices of pedagogy and research programs is to emerge from her foray into the nebula of the Untranslatable.
Publication Date: 2014
Citation: Conisbee Baer, Benjamin. (2014). It’s Only the End of the World.. boundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture, 41 (2), 213 - 225. doi:10.1215/01903659-2686151
DOI: doi:10.1215/01903659-2686151
ISSN: 0190-3659
Pages: 213 - 225
Language: English
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: boundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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