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Deaths and resurrections of the subject. Comparative Literature studies have for some time now been engaged in a new phase in which the internationality of the subject matter is no longer at stake. In the global village literatures develop both transnationally and intranationally as parts of wider cultural patterns. Thus to reflect upon literature is increasingly a philosophical matter involving battles of Weltanschauungen. The problematic of the subject is a case in point. Subjectivity as embodiment of the individual human existent has come to be viewed negatively, particularly in the light of feminist and postcolonial theories, which question the universality of a subject built on objectifying the Other; thus the erstwhile object becomes in turn subject, and the equation is once again incomplete. We wish to examine a sampler of diverse, indeed scattered instances of a renewed interest in the problematic of the subject. For example, far from being dead, the Author reappears massively in biographical and autobiographical writings, and is tracked through genetic studies. The subject writes itself in interstices and margins, in discontinuity, elusiveness and uncertainty, as process rather than essence; but we hypothesize that this is in many literary and cultural contexts the very mode of its rehistoricization.

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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous) SJR Quartile Score (2018): Q4
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous) SJR Quartile Score (2018): Q3
  • Law SJR Quartile Score (2018): Q4
  • Scimago Journal Rank (2018): 0.128
  • SJR Hirsch-Index (2018): 7

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Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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ISSN 0324-4652 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2810 (Online)