In their Article "Reflections on the Crisis of Comparative Literature in the Contemporary West" Zhoukun Han and Wen Quan review the challenges met during the evolution of comparative literature as a discipline between the turn of nineteenth century and 1958. They maintain that comparative literature in the contemporary West is indeed experiencing a crisis, explicate the reasons for this. Apart from the pursuit of sameness inherent in conventional comparative studies and the position of western-centrism, the shift from literary comparison to cultural study has exacerbated the crisis. In view of this situation, some western scholars call for a return to comparison and literature. Furthermore, they resuscitate the conception of world literature and give it new meanings to address the crisis. Meanwhile Chinese scholars have responded with cross-civilization studies and variation theory, which promises of a new theoretical construction for comparative literature.
and Wen, Quan.
"Reflections on the Crisis of Comparative Literature in the Contemporary West."
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