Imre Szeman | Imagining the Future: Globalization, Postmodernism and Criticism

19.2 Globalisering

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This essay examines the implications of globalization for literary criticism by contrasting it with postmodernism, another periodizing term that does similar kinds of conceptual work. Globalization is an anticipatory concept that offers a narrative of the future. Against this, literature and criticism offer imaginative resources for the articulation of alternative futures to those that dominant globalization narratives hope to bring into existence.

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June 15th, 2014

Marjolein van Tooren | De tweede-generatiemigrant als romantische held: het ‘geval’ Paul Smaïl en zijn roman Ali le Magnifique

19.2 Globalisering

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Ever since Paul Smaïl started publishing his novels, literary critics wondered if there was a Frenchman hiding behind this name. Three years ago, Jack-Alain Léger revealed that he invented the writer, but without explaining why. Analysis of the three autobiographical novels of Smaïl and of his latest book, the controversial Ali le Magnifique, shows that Léger needed an outsider to phrase his merciless commentary on the ‘society of spectacle’ that forces the immigrants to play prefabricated roles. Therefore, he adopted the identity of a second generation immigrant and created a modern romantic hero, successor to Stendhal’s Julien Sorel.

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June 14th, 2014

Wang Ning | Postmodernity, Postcoloniality, and Globalization: A Mainly Chinese Cultural and Literary Perspective

19.2 Globalisering

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This essay is the author’s continuous study of globalization. From a Chinese and Marxist perspective, the author offers his reconstruction of globalization: (1) as a way of global economic operation; (2) as a historical process; (3) as a process of financial marketization and political democratization; (4) as a critical concept; (5) as a narrative category; (6) as a cultural construction and; (7) as a theoretic discourse. To the author, only by observing globalization from the above seven, or even more, angles can one grasp the characteristic features of globalization in a comprehensive way. In the age of globalization, postmodernism should be and actually has more or less been redefined in regard to its critical and creative reception in some Oriental and Third World countries. Chinese postmodernity manifests itself in a way more and more closely related to the global postcolonial movement. Confronted with various challenges raised by
globalization, Chinese intellectuals should use globalization in an opposite way, that is, to globalize Oriental and Chinese culture in theworld. In this sense, they ought to have more communications and dialogues with the international community rather than maintain an oppositional attitude toward the West.

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June 14th, 2014