What Is a World?: On Postcolonial Literature as World by Pheng Cheah

By Pheng Cheah

In What Is a World? Pheng Cheah, a number one theorist of cosmopolitanism, deals the 1st serious attention of global literature’s cosmopolitan vocation.  Addressing the failure of contemporary theories of worldwide literature to inquire in regards to the which means of world, Cheah articulates a normative idea of literature’s world-making strength through creatively synthesizing 4 philosophical bills of the area as a temporal procedure: idealism, Marxist materialism, phenomenology, and deconstruction. Literature opens worlds, he provocatively indicates, since it is a strength of receptivity. Cheah compellingly argues for postcolonial literature’s exemplarity as global literature via readings of narrative fiction by means of Michelle Cliff, Amitav Ghosh, Nuruddin Farah, Ninotchka Rosca, and Timothy Mo that express how those texts open up new chances for remaking the realm via negotiating with the inhuman strength that provides time and deploying substitute temporalities to withstand capitalist globalization.

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