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Globalizing Autonomy:

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Mads Anders Baggesgaard - Foredragsholder

  • Afdeling for Litteraturhistorie
Contemporary literature may or may not be facing hitherto unseen problems when having to justify its position in a globalized world, facing a so far unrivalled degree of economic liberalism and commercialism. Literary autonomy, as we know it, is threatened from two sides, when on one hand the logics of late capitalism usurp aesthetic strategies, and when literary institutions are in a state of still more fierce competition on a global market, on the other, as it has been shown for example by sociologists such as Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello in their Le Nouvel Esprit du Capitalisme as well as Pierre Bourdieu. The negotiation going on is thus not only a debate on the qualities and nature of contemporary literature, but a negotiation in the same way, that you negotiate the price of a house: In a globalized society literature needs to sell itself at the highest possible price, rather than pay the price of ill-considered commercialisation.
     This paper presents a reading of Thomas Pynchon’s latest novel Against the Day, which ingeniously simultaneously stages this exact problem, presented allegorically as tale of the internationalisation of the beginning of the 20’th century; and presents itself as a solution to the problem, being at the same time clearly autonomous, presenting a world of it’s own, and skilfully crafted to target a specific segment in the global economy. In this way Pynchon’s novel positions itself in the centre of the world canon of globalisation, and the analysis of the novel and it’s reception will hopefully help to shed light of the complex relationship between the categories of globalisation and world literature.
19 jun. 2007

Begivenhed (Konference)

TitelWorld Literature and World Culture: Histories, Theories, Analyses
EmneThomas Pynchons Against the Day

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