A History of European Literature: The West and the World by Walter Cohen

By Walter Cohen

Walter Cohen argues that the historical past of eu literature and every of its average classes will be illuminated by way of comparative attention of the various literary languages inside Europe and by means of the binds of eu literature to global literature. international literature is marked by way of recurrent, systematic positive aspects, results of how that language and literature are without delay the goods of significant switch and its brokers. Cohen tracks those positive aspects from precedent days to
the current, distinguishing 5 major overlapping phases. inside of that framework, he indicates that ecu literatures ongoing inner and exterior relationships are such a lot seen on the point of shape instead of of thematic assertion or mimetic illustration. eu literature emerges from world
literature sooner than the delivery of Europe — in the course of antiquity, whose Classical languages are the heirs to the complicated historical past of Afro-Eurasia. This legacy is later transmitted via Latin to a few of the vernaculars. the distinctiveness of the method lies within the slow displacement of the realized language via the vernacular, lengthy ruled by way of Romance literatures. That improvement for that reason informs the second one the most important differentiating measurement of ecu literature: the multicontinental growth of
its languages and attribute genres, particularly the unconventional, starting within the Renaissance. This growth finally leads to the reintegration of eu literature into international literature and hence within the construction of todays worldwide literary method. the uniqueness of eu literature is to be
found in those interrelated trajectories.

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