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Involuntary AssociationsPostcolonial Studies and World Englishes$
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David Huddart

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380253

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380253.001.0001

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Slow Reading: The Opacity Of World Literatures

Slow Reading: The Opacity Of World Literatures

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(p.116) Chapter 6 Slow Reading: The Opacity Of World Literatures
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Involuntary Associations
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David Huddart

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781380253.003.0007

This chapter juxtaposes World Literatures and World Englishes in order to understand the continued relevance of literary studies to engaging with globalized languages and cultures. This juxtaposition leads to an emphasis on the relative slowness of reading literature in the context of increasingly instantaneous information retrieval and dissemination. The chapter argues that different literatures, including World Englishes literatures, contribute to humanities education through their lack of transparency and the difficulty of framing them in the terms of a globalized communicative ideology. World Englishes, by contrast with Global English, are aspects of this opaqueness, encouraging and requiring a critical engagement vital to the humanities.

Keywords:   World literatures, Humanities, Comparative literature, Postcolonial literature, Reading

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