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By Marc Caplan

ISBN-10: 0804774765

ISBN-13: 9780804774765

In this ebook, Marc Caplan argues that the literatures of ostensibly marginal glossy cultures are key to figuring out modernism. Caplan undertakes an exceptional comparability of nineteenth-century Yiddish literature and twentieth-century Anglophone and Francophone African literature and divulges unforeseen similarities among them. those literatures have been created lower than imperial regimes that introduced with them tactics of modernization that have been already good complex in different places. Yiddish and African writers reacted to the releasing capability of modernity and the burdens of imperial authority by way of deciding upon related narrative genres, generally such as early-modern ecu literatures: the picaresque, the pseudo-autobiography, satire, and the Bildungsroman. either reveal analogous anxieties towards language, stuck as they have been among imperial, "global" languages and stigmatized local vernaculars, and among traditions of writing and orality. via comparative readings of narratives via Reb Nakhman of Breslov, Amos Tutuola, Yisroel Aksenfeld, Cheikh Hamidou Kane, Isaac Meyer Dik, Camara Laye, Mendele Moykher-Sforim, Wole Soyinka, Y. Y. Linetski, and Ahmadou Karouma, Caplan demonstrates that those literatures' "belated" dating to modernization indicates their power to expect next crises within the modernity and post-modernity of metropolitan cultures. This, in flip, leads him to suggest a brand new theoretical version, peripheral modernism, which contains either a brand new figuring out of "periphery" and "center" in modernity and a brand new method for comparative literary feedback and concept.

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