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34.1 | 2011
Tectonic Shifts

The Global and the Local
Edited by Christine Lorre

The analogy of tectonic shifts used in this issue of Commonwealth Essays and Studies evokes the cultural and literary upheavals that characterise globalisation. The metamorphic transformations caused by historical events of far-reaching consequences have made worldwide interrelationships easier and more abundant. The eight essays here show that the “global” is overwhelmingly synonymous with new local configurations, not uniformisation or binary confrontation. They also reveal that literary works, by blurring boundaries and loosening tight definitions, lead to a decentering of the European perspective – and any other form of monolithic perspective on history, language and culture.

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