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BOOK LAUNCH March 13, 2024 ONLINE VIA ZOOM 'The Many Worlds of Anglophone Literature'

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Edited by Silvia Anastasijevic, Magdalena Pfalzgraf & Hanna Teichler

Assembling renowned international scholars to explore different conceptual framings of Anglophone writing worldwide, this book highlights both its function as a shared global literary medium and its diversity in terms of form, medium, and content.

On what terms and concepts can we ground the comparative study of Anglophone literatures and cultures around the world today?
What, if anything, unites the novels of Witi Ihimaera, the speculative fiction of Nnedi Okorafor, the life-writings by Stuart Hall, and the emerging Anglophone Arab literature by writers like Omar Robert Hamilton?
This volume explores the globality of Anglophone fiction both as a conceptual framing and as a literary imaginary. It highlights the diversity of lives and worlds represented in Anglophone writing, as well as the diverse imaginations of transnational connections articulated in it.
Featuring a variety of internationally renowned scholars, this book thinks through Anglophone literature not as a problematic legacy of colonial rule or as exoticizing commodity in a global literary marketplace but examines it as an inherently transcultural literary medium. Contributors provide new insights into how it facilitates the articulation of divergent experiences of modernity and the critique of hierarchies and inequalities within, among, and beyond post-colonial societies.
Silvia Anastasijevic is a doctoral researcher at Goethe University Frankfurt and a research assistant at the University of Bonn, Germany.
Magdalena Pfalzgraf is Junior Professor of English Literatures and Cultures at the University of Bonn, Germany.
Hanna Teichler is a postdoctoral researcher at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.