By Wiebke Denecke

Ever given that Karl Jaspers's "axial age" paradigm, there were a few influential experiences evaluating old East Asian and Greco-Roman background and tradition. besides the fact that, to this point there was no comparative learn regarding a number of literary traditions in those cultural spheres. This booklet compares the dynamics among the more youthful literary cultures of Japan and Rome and the literatures in their venerable predecessors, China and Greece. How have been writers of the more youthful cultures of Rome and Japan tormented by the presence of an older "reference culture," whose sophistication they well known, while they anxiously strove to say their very own targeted identification? How did they take on the problem of adopting the reference culture's literary genres, rhetorical refinement, and conceptual vocabulary for writing texts in several languages and inside of specified political and cultural contexts?

Classical international Literatures captures the extraordinary similarities among the methods early jap authors wrote their very own literature via and opposed to the literary precedents of China, and the methods Latin writers engaged and contested Greek precedents. however it additionally brings to mild suggestive divergences which are rooted in geopolitical, linguistic, sociohistorical, and aesthetic alterations among early jap and Roman literary cultures. featuring a technique of "deep comparability" for the cross-cultural comparability of premodern literary cultures and calling for a ramification of worldwide literature debates into the traditional and medieval worlds, Classical global Literatures is either a theoretical intervention and a call for participation to learn and re-read 4 significant literary traditions in an cutting edge and illuminating light.

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