Comparative Literary Studies in the 21st Era: A Transcultural Perspective

  • K. R. Arivu Selvi Research Scholar (PT), Department of English, Thiruvalluvar University, Serkkadu, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • A. Arunachalam Former Reader and Head, PG & Research Department of English, Government Arts College, Tiruvannamalai Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: Transnational Flows, Multiple Allegiances, Super-Diversity, Transcultural Sensibility, Identity Building, Non-native Language


In an inexorably globalized and globalizing world, 'culture' shows up as 'a significant determinant of subjectivity' and, thusly, of inventive articulation.
Contemporary globalization and developing transnational portability are encouraging the rise of essayists and works of fiction that are not, at this point  recognizable with just a single social or public scene. A near methodology through a transcultural focal point, which may call 'transcultural comparativism', is by all accounts supplied with the sort of unique, open nature and adaptability generally required in managing the quick changes in societies and written works
of our contemporary age. Without a doubt, in this time of transnational streams, numerous devotions and 'supervariety', culture and the impact of different societies give off an impression of being significant elements in personality building, and thus of imaginative articulation and understanding. While societies become always liquid and intermixed, another age of portable scholars, progressing across social and public limits, has begun directing and innovatively communicating a 'transcultural' reasonableness, cultivated by a 'cycle of self-removing, selfestrangement, and self-analysis of one's own social personalities and suspicions'. Undoubtedly these authors, who in many cases (however not generally and not really) use 'worldwide English/es'3 or one of the variations of some
other worldwide phrase (be it French, Spanish, Mandarin or Hindi) as their favored non-local language of innovative articulation, are more associated with the transnational designs and scholarly methods of our contemporary globalized and 'neo-itinerant' condition than to the more ordinarily proposed traveler or postcolonial writing of the late 20th century. Hence, the present study has been done by the author with main aim to highlight the transcultural perspective of comparative literary studies in the 21st era.

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Arivu Selvi, K. R., & Arunachalam, A. (2017). Comparative Literary Studies in the 21st Era: A Transcultural Perspective. Shanlax International Journal of English, 5(3), 37-47. Retrieved from