Tracing global democracy : literature, theory, and the politics of trauma / Vladimir Biti.

This book investigates the emergence of the cosmopolitan idea of literature and its impact on the democratic reconfiguration of the European and non-European cultural and political spaces. The birthplace of this idea is the traumatic experience of its designers among whom Voltaire, Kant, Herder, the...

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Main Author: Biti, Vladimir, 1952- (Author)
Format: Electronic
Published: Berlin : De Gruyter, [2016]
Series:Culture & conflict ; Bd. 7.
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Table of Contents:
  • Acknowledgments ; Contents ; Introduction: The Cosmopolitan Axis: Agencies and/or Enablers ; Part I: Toward a Global Community: The Emergence of the Modern Idea of Literature ; 1 The Divided Legacy of the Republic of Letters: Emancipation and Trauma.
  • 2 The Fissured Identity of Literature: National Universalism and/or Cosmopolitan Nationalism 2.1 Intertwined opposites ; 2.2 The emergence of the national literary historiography ; 2.3 Cosmopolitan patriot and democratic tyrant: Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
  • 2.4 Who is authorized to represent "natural communities"? 2.5 Identification by alienation ; 3 The Janus Face of Literary Bildung: Education and/or Self-Formation? ; 3.1 "Having the other" and "being the other" ; 3.2 Differences between the Bildung concepts.
  • 3.3 Mirroring and interweaving 3.4 Resolving ambiguity, instituting difference ; 4 Who Voices Universal History? Kant's "Mankind" and/or Herder's "Nature" ; 4.1 Introduction ; 4.2 Kant's advocacy ofmankind ; 4.3 Herder's advocacy of nature.
  • 5 Who Worlds the Literature? Goethe's Weltliteratur and Globalization 5.1 Comparative literature as the promoter of globalization ; 5.2 Goethe's detachment from globalization ; 5.3 Getting out of the crowd: Goethe's elitist cosmopolitanism ; 5.4 The acting out of the traumatic experience.