World Literature and Dissent reconsiders the role of dissent in contemporary global literature. Bringing together scholars of world and postcolonial literatures, the contributors explore the aesthetics of resistance through concepts including the epistemology of ignorance, the rhetoric of innocence, the subversion of paying attention, and the radical potential of everydayness.  


Addressing a broad range of examples, from the Maghrebian humanist Ibn Khaldūn to India’s Facebook poets and examining writers such as Langston Hughes, Ben Okri, Sara Uribe, and Merle Collins, this highly relevant book reframes the field of world literature in relation to dissenting politics and aesthetic.  It asks the urgent question: how critical practice might cultivate radical thought, further social justice, and value human expression?

chapter |12 pages


World literature and dissent

part |2 pages

Dissent (in theory)

chapter |21 pages

The problem of dissent

chapter |15 pages

Paying attention

Philosophy as dissenting therapy for the information age

chapter |19 pages

Rhetoric of innocence or literary dissent?

Franco Moretti, world-systems theory and the case of magical realism

chapter |16 pages


The literary politics of radical Arabic humanism

part |2 pages

Dissident literatures

chapter |17 pages

Everyday dissent

Colonised lifeworlds in twentieth-century poetry

chapter |21 pages

Facebook poet

Poetic dissent and social media in contemporary India

chapter |20 pages

Writing the necropolitical

Notes around the idea of Mexican anti-world literature

chapter |18 pages

‘Dreams of revolt’, the ‘revolt of nature’

World literature and the ecology of revolution

chapter |13 pages

Negative enchantment