Orhan Pamuk and the Good of World Literature [electronic resource] / Gloria Fisk.
- New York, NY : Columbia University Press, 
- Literature Now
1 online resource
- Literature -- History and criticism.
- In English.
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- When Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006, he was honored as a builder of bridges across a dangerous chasm. By rendering his Turkish characters and settings familiar where they would otherwise seem troublingly foreign, and by speaking freely against his authoritarian state, he demonstrated a variety of literary greatness that testified also to the good literature can do in the world.Gloria Fisk challenges this standard for canonization as "world literature" by showing how poorly it applies to Pamuk. Reading the Turkish novelist as a case study in the ways Western readers expand their reach, Fisk traces the terms of his engagement with a literary market dominated by the tastes of its Anglophone publics, who received him as a balm for their anxieties about Islamic terrorism and the stratifications of global capitalism. Fisk reads Pamuk's post-9/11 novels as they circulated through this audience, as rich in cultural capital as it is far-flung, in the American English that is global capital's lingua franca. She launches a polemic against Anglophone readers' instrumental use of literature as a source of crosscultural understanding, contending that this pervasive way of reading across all manner of borders limits the globality it announces, because it serves the interests of the Western cultural and educational institutions that produce it. Orhan Pamuk and the Good of World Literature proposes a new way to think about the uneven processes of translation, circulation, and judgment that carry contemporary literature to its readers, wherever they live.
Introduction: Slippery Words: Orhan Pamuk, Good, and World Literature
Chapter One A Novel Can Teach You About Other People
Chapter Two A Novel Can Teach You About Other People's History
Chapter Three Orhan Pamuk as Political Gadfly: "The Armenian Issue"
Chapter Four Orhan Pamuk as Exile: Pamuk and Auerbach in Istanbul
Chapter Five Orhan Pamuk Wins the Nobel Prize: The Cases of Orhan Pamuk and Mo Yan
Chapter Six World Literature as an Artifact of the University in the United States: The Part About the Critics
Coda: Now, What?
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- Contained In:
- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.7312/fisk18236 doi
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- Restricted for use by site license.
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