Today I stumbled across a lecture given by Tariq Ali on World Literature at SOAS, London. Although I don’t agree with everything said, I think the issues that Ali voices here are well worth further thought.
Tariq Ali: World Literature and World Languages (opens a new tab/YouTube)
If this whets your appetite for all things Tariq Ali, then his personal website is well worth a visit – Tariq Ali’s Personal Website
Ali’s lecture, though, reminded me of watching a lecture given by Fredric Jameson on World Literature at Duke University some years ago. The conclusion that he reaches concerning the meaning of World Literature is, I think, well worth bringing into conversation with Ali’s position.
Fredric Jameson: World Literature (opens a new tab/YouTube)
In any case, I hope you enjoy these minds thinking out loud over the meaning and significance of World Literature.