About the book:

“Beyond English” alters the debates on world literature that hinge on the model of circulation and global capital by deeply engaging with the idea of the world and world-making in South Asia. The book argues that Indic words for world (“vishva”, “jagat”, “sansar”) offer a nuanced understanding of world literature that is antithetical to a commodified and standardized monolingual globe. Tiwari develops a comparative study of the concept of “world literature” (“vishva sahitya”) in Rabindranath Tagore's works, the desire for a new world in the lyrics of the Hindi shadowism (“chhayavaad”) poets, and world-making in Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai's “Chemmeen” (1956) and Arundhati Roy's “The God of Small Things” (1997). By emphasizing the centrality of “literature” (“sahitya”) through a close reading of texts, Tiwari orients world literature toward comparative literature and comparative literature toward a worldliness that is receptive to the poetics of a world in its original language and in translation

About the author:

Bhavya Tiwari is an Assistant Professor in Modern and Classical Languages. Her research and teaching interests are world literature, comparative literature, and translation studies.

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