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By Djelal Kadir

Memos from the Besieged City argues for the institutional and cultural relevance of literary research via foundational figures, from the 1200s to this present day, who defied precarious situations to make major contributions to literacy and civilization within the face of infelicitous human acts. concentrating on traditionally important crossroads—Baghdad, Florence, Byzantium, Istanbul, Rome, Paris, big apple, Mexico urban, Jerusalem, Beijing, Stockholm, Warsaw—Kadir appears at how unconventional and nonconformist writings outline literacy, tradition, and highbrow dedication. encouraged through political refugee and literary student Erich Auerbach's path-breaking Mimesis, and educated by means of past due twentieth-century ideological and methodological upheavals, the publication displays on literacy and dissidence at a second whilst literary disciplines, canons, and theories are being reassessed below the strain of globalization and transculturation. on the vanguard of a moral flip within the comparative research of cultures and their literary legacies, it reminds us of the simplest humanity can produce.

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His imposed nomadism as outlaw, literally and metaphorically, serves as the most overt paradigm for the shiftlessness that will emerge as an indispensable trait of comparatism  Introduction and as an often-neglected model for geographically defined epistemologies that govern what we would eventually call international American studies. His personal vicissitudes and their textual transformations adumbrate the fate of poets and poetry discussed in this book, such as Zbigniew Herbert, the predicament of ethicists such as Hannah Arendt, and the political/geographical nomadism of contemporary writers such as Gao Xingjian and Orhan Pamuk.

This absence could well be read as Auerbach’s own disguise, his cloak of invisibility. And this strategic gambit, as the conjunction of our “functional space,” an overture that hides something at an incipient point of convergence, functions more as a problem than as a nostos, or homing. ” As a threshold to “modes of representation of reality,” as the descriptive subtitle of Mimesis avers, this spatial threshold serves as a performative opening onto the representational culture of a long tradition.

Whether in classical epic or in tragedy, in devotional auto de fé or in modern and postmodern theater of the absurd, the people’s republic and the republic of letters have often proved inimical to each other, though the struggle has often spurred literary production as contestation. Comparative literature has inevitably found itself caught between, with the comparatist often surviving in being turned out as refugee and displaced cosmopolitan. Thus, comparative literature’s practitioners have most often acquired their worldliness as the castoffs of their life-world, no less so than the seminal literary figures they most often study, from Ovid to Dante to any one of the figures featured in this book.

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