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Author Kadir, Djelal.

Title Memos from the besieged city : lifelines for cultural sustainability / Djelal Kadir
Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 272 pages)
Series Cultural memory in the present
Cultural memory in the present.
Contents Introduction : comparative touchstones of literature -- Auerbach's scar -- The siege of Baghdad : Rashiduddin Fazlullah, Orhan Pamuk, and the commissions of history -- Of learned ignorance : Nicholas of Cusa and cardinal spaces of culture -- Memories of the future : Giordano Bruno remembers us -- A carceral archive and the culture of conspiracy : Fray José Servando Teresa de Mier Noriega y Guerra, enlightenment's contestant -- The arts of mitigation, the garden in the barbarian : Zbigniew Herbert -- The labors of Cassandra : Arendt in Jerusalem -- The People's Republic and the republic of letters : the alarming Gao Xingjian -- Memo from the next millennium : a coda for Calvino -- The inventions of comparative literature : a minute on method
Summary This is a historical and critical reassessment of the field of comparative literature--the study of cultures and their literary posterity across national borders and historical frontiers--at a moment when notions of literacy and culture are under inordinate pressure by predatory globalization and militaristic realpolitik
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-261) and index
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Subject Comparative literature.
Literature -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 080477577X (electronic bk.)
9780804775779 (electronic bk.)