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What Is a Classic? – Postcolonial Rewriting and Invention of the Canon - Stanford Scholarship Online
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What Is a Classic?: Postcolonial Rewriting and Invention of the Canon

Ankhi Mukherjee


What Is a Classic? revisits the famous question posed by critics from Sainte-Beuve and T. S. Eliot to J. M. Coetzee to ask how classics emanate from postcolonial histories and societies. Exploring definitive trends in twentieth- and twenty-first century English and Anglophone literature and an international field of literary criticism, Mukherjee demonstrates the relevance of the question of the classic for the global politics of identifying and perpetuating so-called core texts. Emergent canons are scrutinized in the context of the wider cultural phenomena of book prizes, the translation and d ... More

Keywords: classic, canonicity, anxiety of influence, rewriting, postcolonial, world literature, Anglophone literatures, the novel, global vernacular, translation, race, cosmopolitanism

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780804785211
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804785211.001.0001


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Ankhi Mukherjee, author

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