Classical World Literatures: Sino-Japanese and Greco-Roman by Wiebke Denecke PDF

By Wiebke Denecke

Ever considering the fact that Karl Jaspers's "axial age" paradigm, there were a couple of influential reviews evaluating historical East Asian and Greco-Roman heritage and tradition. notwithstanding, up to now there was no comparative learn regarding a number of literary traditions in those cultural spheres. This ebook compares the dynamics among the more youthful literary cultures of Japan and Rome and the literatures in their venerable predecessors, China and Greece. How have been writers of the more youthful cultures of Rome and Japan laid low with the presence of an older "reference culture," whose sophistication they favourite, at the same time they anxiously strove to claim their very own unique identification? How did they take on the problem of adopting the reference culture's literary genres, rhetorical refinement, and conceptual vocabulary for writing texts in several languages and inside particular political and cultural contexts?

Classical international Literatures captures the awesome similarities among the methods early jap authors wrote their very own literature via and opposed to the literary precedents of China, and the methods Latin writers engaged and contested Greek precedents. however it additionally brings to gentle suggestive divergences which are rooted in geopolitical, linguistic, sociohistorical, and aesthetic variations among early jap and Roman literary cultures. presenting a strategy of "deep comparability" for the cross-cultural comparability of premodern literary cultures and calling for a ramification of global literature debates into the traditional and medieval worlds, Classical international Literatures is either a theoretical intervention and a call for participation to learn and re-read 4 significant literary traditions in an cutting edge and illuminating light.

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