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By Srinivas Aravamudan

From: Eighteenth-Century experiences
Volume forty seven, quantity 2, iciness 2014
pp. 195-23


This article makes a speciality of the reception historical past of translations of Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy ibn Yaqzan and the way average theodicy, empiricist experimentalism, and philosophical fiction encouraged eighteenth-century England. Discussing the prestige of Ibn Tufayl’s principles relating to Edward Pococke, John Locke, Robert Boyle, and Daniel Defoe permits students to head past the East-West dichotomy and as a substitute create a gap from eighteenth-century experiences onto fresh debates round international literature. utilizing Hayy as a prism, we will be able to comprehend the possibilities in addition to the drawbacks of a global literature paradigm, as theorized by means of Wolfgang von Goethe, Erich Auerbach, and newer scholars.


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Jupiter against the lightning rod, and Hermes against the Credit Mobilier? [. ] What becomes of Fama alongside Printing House Square? [. ] Is Achilles possible with powder and lead? Or the Iliad with the printing press, not to mention the printing machine? ” Still, Marx sees the stubborn survival of Greek epic despite its vanishing background conditions: “the difficulty lies not in understanding that the Greek arts and epic are bound up with certain forms of social development. ” See Karl Marx, Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy, trans.

Notes 1. I allude to the account furnished by Fredric Jameson, A Singular Modernity: Essay on the Ontology of the Present (London. Verso, 2002). Accounts of “alternative modernities” are subject to the weakness of parataxis. 2. Such “civilizationist” claims are a matter of major intellectual dispute, whether by Samuel Huntington, Bernard Lewis, Francis Fukuyama, or Marshall Hodgson, but I deliberately feature Hodgson and Abu-Lughod to sound the other “side” of this type of claim that impressively reverses the usual Eurocentrism.

79. Richard Lovell Edgeworth and Maria Edgeworth, Practical Education, 2 vols. (London, 1798), 1: 336–38. 80. Fernand Braudel, “History and the Social Sciences: The Long Term,” in Fritz Stern, The Varieties of History From Voltaire to the Present (New York: Vintage Books, 1972), 411. 81. Auerbach, “Philology and Weltliteratur,” 3.

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