The Sublime of Globalization?

Sketches on Transcultural Subjectivity and Aesthetics

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This collection of essays consists of three parts each of which deals with one of the aspects in the problematic of globalization and its influence on the cultural imaginary and fiction, the subjectivity of an intellectual and the shaping of aesthetics. In the first part the attention focuses on the specific positioning of a post-soviet intellectual founding himself in a situation between the hammer of the state and the anvil of the market. The second part analyses the complex and multifaceted relations between the process of globalization and the institute of literature and literary studies, that are regarded as specific ideological institutes connected with and developing parallel to the transformations of Western modernity --- from its imperial-colonial divide to the emergence, growth and decline of nation-states, from liberalism to neoliberalism, from civilizing discourses to the tyranny of the market and corporate culture. Critically defining the contradictory ways in which globalization influences cultural politics, fiction, language, the sphere of the quotidian, etc. this part puts specific emphasis on the definition of transcultural aesthetics as a possible sublime of globalization, lying in the focus of attention throughout the book. The third part evolves around the comparative study of various aspects of transcultural aesthetics and subjectivity, as expressed in the works of several transcultural writers from all over the world --- J.M.Coetzee, P.Bowles, O.Pamuk, W.Harris, P.Carey, D.Dabydeen, E.K.Brathwaite, A.Volos, A.Mamedov and several others.

Table of Contents
A Very Short Introduction
Part I. Post-Soviet Intellectuals between the Devil of the State and the Deep Blue Sea of the Market
1. The Imperial-Colonial Difference in Russia and the Disease of Eurocentrism
2. The Adherents of the West and the Slavophiles in the Past and Today
3. The Intellectual and the State and the Addition of the Market Component in "Risk" in the 1990-s
4. Between Harem and Brothel
5. The Merging of Different Intellectual Positions in Russia
6. The Vanishing Ethical Dimension: A Case Study
7. Nationalism and Neo-Imperial Sentiment in Putin's Russia
8. Denied Subjectivity and Other Defects of Post-Soviet Thinking
9. Two Books: Either Aggressive Liberalism or Socialism with Nationalist Face
10. Is There a Border Intellectual in Russia ?
11. Taking a Risk ?
12. Re-defining a Risk
13. Conclusion
Part II. Literature and Globalization
1. From Textuality to Contextuality
2. Globalization and (Re)definition of National Canon/Tradition
3. Rethinking the World/National Literature Dichotomy
4. Difference instead of Similarity
5. Globalization and Language
6. Literature as Consumer Goods
7. The Sweat-Shop Sublime as the Aesthetics of Globalization
8. Transcultural Aesthetics as an Other Globalization Sublime
9. The Poetics of Allegory
10. Conclusion
Part III. Transcultural Aesthetics in Action
1. Subjectivity
  1.1. A ricochet of Returned Gazes
  1.2. The Colonizer and the Colonized Relating to Each other
  1.3. Metamorphosis
  1.4 The ex-Colonizer as an Other: "Farukh Sits High on the Back of a Sheep":or, "Recite the Alphabet !"
2. Meta-Chronotope of In-between-ness in transcultural Fiction
  2.1. "Deception of Space"
  2.2. "Everything that is not Loved, will Disappear": Peter Carey's Cartography
  2.3. Time in the Chronotope of In-between-ness
  2.4.The Chronotope of the City
    2.4.1. The Defeated Capital. Orhan Pamuk's Istanbul
    2.4.2. Afanasy Mamedov's "Bascow"
    2.4.3. The City of Happiness and Joy. Andrey Volos's Khurramabad
  2.5. Empire as a Non-Existent Space ?