How Is World Literature Made? The Global Circulations of Latin American Literatures (Monographie)

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Gesine Müller

De Gruyter
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The debate over the concept of world literature, which has been taking place with renewed intensity over the last twenty years, is tightly bound up with the issues of global interconnectedness in a polycentric world. Most recently, critiques of globalization-related conceptualizations, in particular, have made themselves heard: to what extent is the concept of world literature too closely connected with the political and economic dynamics of globalization? Such questions cannot be answered simply through theoretical debate. The material side of the production of world literature must therefore be more strongly integrated into the conversation than it has been.

Using the example of Latin American literatures, this volume demonstrates the concrete construction processes of world literature. To that purpose, archival materials have been analyzed here: notes, travel reports, and correspondence between publishers and authors. The Latin American examples provide particularly rich information about the processes of institutionalization in the Western world, as well as new perspectives for a contemporary mapping of world literature beyond the established dynamics of canonization.


Acknowledgments V

I Introduction 1
I.1 On the Construction of World Literature 1
I.2 The Debate over World Literature: Perspectives from a Material-Based Approach 8
I.3 Latin America: Paradigm of Global Circulation Processes 16
I.4 The Book Trade and World Literature: Actors in a Transnational Literary Field 20

II World Literature from the Spanish-Speaking Americas 25
II.1 A Chronological Overview of Focal Moments 26
II.2 Patterns of Integration into World Literature 37

III Concepts of World Literature within Publishing Practices 53
III.1 From World Literature to Literatures of the World 53
III.1.1 Caught in the Tension between Publishing Concepts: The Example of Caribbean Literatures 56
III.2 Case Study: Latin American Literatures at the Suhrkamp Publishing House 60
III.2.1 Source Material: The Siegfried Unseld Archive at the German Literature Archive in Marbach 61
III.2.2 The Choice of International Literatures at Suhrkamp: Previous History with Samuel Beckett 63
III.2.3 The Latin America Program, Part I: The Success Phase, 1969–2000. Between Universalism and Exoticism 66
III.2.4 Suhrkamp as a Producer of Leftist Theory: The Case of Darcy Ribeiro 68
III.2.5 Octavio Paz: The “Model” of a Latin American World Literary Figure? 70
III.2.6 Isabel Allende: A “Stroke of Luck for Literature” 77
III.2.7 Excursion: North American Literature at Suhrkamp: The Case of William Faulkner 82
III.2.8 Elena Poniatowska: Belated Interest at Suhrkamp 84
III.2.9 The Latin America Program, Part II: The Post-Success Phase, 2000–2017. After Exoticism 87
III.2.10 Samanta Schweblin: Most Recent Trends in Publishing 89
III.2.11 Concepts of World Literature in the Publishing World: Current Perspectives 92

IV The Circulation Processes of Latin American Literatures 93
IV.1 Gabriel García Márquez: Worldwide Circulation and South-South Dynamics 93
IV.1.1 The United States as a Key Filter and Driver of Reception Processes 94
IV.1.2 Reception in India 97
IV.1.3 Reception in China 101
IV.1.4 Remapping World Literature? 104
IV.2 Octavio Pazʼs Path to Recognition in World Literature: Network Building and International Reception 106
IV.2.1 On the Translation Statistics 106
IV.2.2 Writer−Diplomat−Scholar 109
IV.2.3 First Phase of Reception: France 110
IV.2.4 Second Phase of Reception: The United States 112
IV.2.5 Examples of Global Reception: Asia 114
IV.2.6 Octavio Paz as an Intellectual Figure in the Global Context and the Epochal Change of 1989–90 121
IV.3 Julio Cortázar’s World Literary Success: Between Translation Work and Politics 123
IV.3.1 Julio Cortázar: Reception Paths 125
IV.3.2 Precursor to Success in Argentina: Mexico 127
IV.3.3 First Phase of Reception: Argentina 129
IV.3.4 Second Phase of Reception: France 130
IV.3.5 Third Phase of Reception: The United States 136
IV.3.6 Further Contexts of Reception in Europe 144
IV.3.7 Political Activism and World Literary Reception 150

V Epilogue: (Not) a Summary. The Material and its Resistance 155

Bibliography 159



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Gesine Müller
Donnerstag, 13. Januar 2022, 10:51 Uhr
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