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In What Is a World? Pheng Cheah, a number one theorist of cosmopolitanism, bargains the 1st serious attention of global literature’s cosmopolitan vocation.  Addressing the failure of modern theories of global literature to inquire in regards to the which means of world, Cheah articulates a normative idea of literature’s world-making energy through creatively synthesizing 4 philosophical money owed of the area as a temporal approach: idealism, Marxist materialism, phenomenology, and deconstruction. Literature opens worlds, he provocatively indicates, since it is a strength of receptivity. Cheah compellingly argues for postcolonial literature’s exemplarity as international literature via readings of narrative fiction by way of Michelle Cliff, Amitav Ghosh, Nuruddin Farah, Ninotchka Rosca, and Timothy Mo that exhibit how those texts open up new probabilities for remaking the area through negotiating with the inhuman strength that provides time and deploying substitute temporalities to withstand capitalist globalization.

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