Wiebke Denecke's Classical World Literatures: Sino-Japanese and Greco-Roman PDF

By Wiebke Denecke

Ever in view that Karl Jaspers's "axial age" paradigm, there were a few influential reports evaluating historic East Asian and Greco-Roman background and tradition. despite the fact that, thus far there was no comparative learn related to a number of literary traditions in those cultural spheres. This ebook 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 plagued by the presence of an older "reference culture," whose sophistication they well-liked, at the same time they anxiously strove to say their very own designated 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 several languages and inside unique political and cultural contexts?

Classical global Literatures captures the extraordinary 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 transformations among early eastern and Roman literary cultures. presenting a technique of "deep comparability" for the cross-cultural comparability of premodern literary cultures and calling for a selection of global 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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