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By Marc Caplan

In this publication, Marc Caplan argues that the literatures of ostensibly marginal glossy cultures are key to realizing modernism. Caplan undertakes an remarkable 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 less than imperial regimes that introduced with them strategies of modernization that have been already good complex in other places. Yiddish and African writers reacted to the freeing power of modernity and the burdens of imperial authority by way of picking comparable narrative genres, generally similar to early-modern eu literatures: the picaresque, the pseudo-autobiography, satire, and the Bildungsroman. either show 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 through 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 strength to count on 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 realizing of "periphery" and "center" in modernity and a brand new method for comparative literary feedback and thought.

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