Possibilities and Limits of Comparative Literature Today

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CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, Vol: 13, Issue: 5

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Villanueva, Darío
Purdue University (bepress)
Arts and Humanities; Comparative Literature; Critical and Cultural Studies; comparative cultural studies, comparative literature
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In his article "Possibilities and Limits of Comparative Literature Today," Darío Villanueva traces the itinerary of comparative literature over the last fifty years comparative literature in its various stages. The first of these confronted two options seen in a way as irreconcilable: the almost exclusive connexion with literary history or its identification with the theory of literature. Villanueva outlines the consolidation of the "new paradigm" which overcomes those contradictions, thanks to the methodological cooperation between comparative literature and the systemic theories of literature, and thanks, as well, to a return to philology as an adequate practice of reading. In addition, Villanueva's discussion represents an answer to the prevalence of cultural studies, a field of scholarship that had registered success world wide but less so in comparative literature save a few instances.