Which Disciplines for Literature?


Abstract: The author analyses the way in which—against the fluid background of globalisation—literary studies not only lose their edifying purpose, as a central component of what used to be called Bildung, but, more importantly, also risk losing their very object of study—literature, insofar as literature itself is no longer taken into account in its specificity and in its literary difference.

Keywords: literary studies, cultural studies, comparative literature, semiotics, structuralism, Deconstruction, Derrida, J.H. Miller, Bildung, the anticanonical reaction, literary‑cultural, high literature, high theory, literariness