New PDF release: Classical World Literatures: Sino-Japanese and Greco-Roman

By Wiebke Denecke

Ever because Karl Jaspers's "axial age" paradigm, there were a few influential reports evaluating old East Asian and Greco-Roman background and tradition. besides the fact that, to this point there was no comparative learn related to a number of literary traditions in those cultural spheres. This publication compares the dynamics among the more youthful literary cultures of Japan and Rome and the literatures in their venerable predecessors, China and Greece. How have been writers of the more youthful cultures of Rome and Japan laid low with the presence of an older "reference culture," whose sophistication they in demand, while they anxiously strove to claim their very own specific identification? How did they take on the problem of adopting the reference culture's literary genres, rhetorical refinement, and conceptual vocabulary for writing texts in numerous languages and inside targeted political and cultural contexts?

Classical international Literatures captures the notable similarities among the methods early jap authors wrote their very own literature via and opposed to the literary precedents of China, and the methods Latin writers engaged and contested Greek precedents. however it additionally brings to gentle suggestive divergences which are rooted in geopolitical, linguistic, sociohistorical, and aesthetic variations among early jap and Roman literary cultures. presenting a technique of "deep comparability" for the cross-cultural comparability of premodern literary cultures and calling for a spread of worldwide literature debates into the traditional and medieval worlds, Classical global Literatures is either a theoretical intervention and a call for participation to learn and re-read 4 significant literary traditions in an leading edge and illuminating light.

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