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From Comparison to World Literature by Professor Zhang LongXi

Professor ZHANG Longxi, Chair Professor, Department of Chinese and History

From Comparison to World Literature
ZHANG Longxi

ISBN 978-1-4384-5471-9
SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture
2015, Published by SUNY Press (State University of New York Press), Albany, New York, USA

The study of world literature is on the rise. Until recently, the term "world literature" was a misnomer in comparative literary scholarship, which typically focused on Western literature in European languages. In an increasingly globalised era, this is beginning to change. In this collection of essays, Professor Zhang discusses how we can transcend Eurocentrism or any other ethnocentrism and revisit the concept of world literature from a truly global perspective. He considers literary works and critical insights from Chinese and other non-Western traditions, drawing on scholarship from a wide range of disciplines in the humanities, and integrating a variety of approaches and perspectives from both East and West. The rise of world literature emerges as an exciting new approach to literary studies, as Professor Zhang argues for the validity of cross-cultural understanding, particularly from the perspective of East–West comparative studies.

Zhang Longxi is a leading scholar in East–West cross-cultural studies. He holds an MA from Peking University and a PhD from Harvard. He has taught at Peking, Harvard, and the University of California, Riverside, and is currently Chair Professor of Comparative Literature and Translation at City University of Hong Kong. He is an elected foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, and also of Academia Europaea. He is on the executive council of the International Comparative Literature Association; coeditor of two book series for Brill; a member of the editorial boards of Modern China and Modern Chinese Literature and Culture; an advisory editor of New Literary History; and, with Professors David Damrosch of Harvard and Theo D'hean of Leuven, an Editor-in-Chief of the new Journal of World Literature. His research interests are East–West cross-cultural studies, Chinese literature, European literature of the Renaissance and the seventeenth century, and world literature. He has published numerous books, book chapters, and journal articles in both English and Chinese.

His book publications in English include:

  • The Tao and the Logos: Literary Hermeneutics, East and West (Duke University Press, 1992)
  • Mighty Opposites: From Dichotomies to Differences in the Comparative Study of China (Stanford University Press, 1998)
  • Allegoresis: Reading Canonical Literature East and West (Cornell University Press, 2005)
  • Unexpected Affinities: Reading across Cultures (University of Toronto Press, 2007)
  • From Comparison to World Literature (SUNY Press, 2015)