Comparative Literature in Britain
National Identities, Transnational Dynamics 1800-2000
History of ideas
Studies In Comparative Literature 27
Legenda: Oxford, 2014
The discipline of Comparative Literature, with its application of a transnational perspective to literature as a multinational historical praxis, is gaining fresh interest in today’s globalizing, post-colonial world. It emerged in the nineteenth century as a countermovement to the increasingly national-philological scope of literary studies. The chequered history of its emergence and acceptance in the British Isles throws a fascinating light on literary, critical and scholarly mentalities of the last two centuries.
Joep Leerssen is Royal Netherlands Academy Professor and Chair of Modern European Literature at the University of Amsterdam. Among his books are Mere Irish and Fior-Ghael (1988), Remembrance and Imagination (1996), National Thought in Europe (2006), and Imagology (with Manfred Beller, 2007). Elinor Shaffer, a founder of the British Comparative Literature Association, and long-time Editor of Comparative Criticism (1979-2004), is currently Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London, and Research Director/Series Editor of The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe (2002-).