SUMMARY:This panel revisits comparative approaches to Arabic literary and cultural studies, both as an archive and as a methodology. Specifically, it questions comparative models that: treat the Arab world as an insular region with a contained, self-referencing tradition; continue to replicate Eurocentric frameworks of metropole and periphery; and reveal nationalist biases and lingering colonial categories in approaching the region as part of a partitioning vision of area studies. Instead, our panelists highlight centers of power in their analysis of the various regional, global, and transnational networks that have shaped and continue to shape intellectual and cultural production in the region. As such, they foreground different ways in which intra- and trans-regional literary and cultural practices can be understood with regards to issues such as questions of genealogy, intellectual borrowings, imperial encounters, and "postcolonial"/neocolonial legacies.
What are some of the erasures and exclusions that accompany comparative approaches to Arabic literature and culturet How can we imagine a comparativism that foregrounds resistance to hegemonic practices and structures And how does such a critique resonate with the intellectual history and literature of the Global South