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Reflections on Gender and Small Languages in World Literature Scholarship: Methods of Inclusions and Exclusions

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Authors Katarina Leppänen
Published in World Literatures: Exploring the Cosmopolitan-Vernacular Exchange
Pages 89–99
ISBN 978-91-7635-079-9
Publisher Stockholm University Press
Place of publication Stockholm
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Center for Public Sector Research (CEFOS)
Pages 89–99
Language en
Links https://www.stockholmuniversitypres...
Subject categories History of Ideas, Specific Literatures, General Literature Studies

Abstract

Katarina Leppänen's contribution “Reflections on gender and small languages in world literature scholarship: methods of inclusions and exclusions” argues that gendered perspectives informed by feminist literary studies are often totally absent or activated only as a political context rather than as an analytical literary category. What is more, smaller languages seem to evaporate in highly globalised scholarly practices. Leppänen investigates three themes in her research: quality, representation, and transfer/translation. She argues that national recovery projects of lost or forgotten authors, including women writers, need to be stepped up to the world literature scale and that gender and feminist issues need to be reflected in anthologies and handbooks, which is not at all the case today.

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