This cross-disciplinary approach to literary reading of any provenance based on an "experimental cosmopolitan" epistemology de– and recontextualizes the texts from the points of view of multiple cultures and historical moments, enriching interpretation and aesthetic experience beyond the backgrounds of the present reader and the origin of a particular literary discourse. Trusting the authority of an author or an "original" text and ignoring the fundamental plurilingualism of the literary experience obstructs the wealth of cosmopolitan reading in a globalized and fragmented world. A thorough critique of both local and overarching theories. in clear dissent from the binaries of "decolonial theory" and the overextension of "nomadic theory," supports a precise research and teaching methodology at variance with past trends of Comparative and World Literature,." Considering literature as the aestheticized use of language, which is a universal, the many analyses provided can be extrapolated to other genres, eras and cultural areas.


Introduction: Cosmopolitan Reading, How and Why?


Theory in motion

1 "Power Failure in Paris": Against Local Theory

2 Locations and Dis-Locations of Theory: Towards a Theory without a Fixed Address


Universals and World Literature

3 Universals in Theory and Practice

4 The World Literature Controversy

5 Worlding and Localizing Fiction


Cosmopolitanism Revisited

6 Cross-cultural Negotiation, Comparison, Comprehension

7 Cultural Cosmopolitanism as Experiment

8 The Literary Construction of Cosmopolitan Consciousness


Elusive Identities, Deceptive Origins and Destinations

9 Unselfing Literary Studies: Against "Idemtity"

10 The Ironies of Authenticity

11 Ambiguous Mobilities: How Cosmopolitan is Nomadism?

12 A Labyrinth of Margins: Mimetic Desire and Native Impersonation


The Pragmatics of Outgoing and Incoming

13 Exos as Eros, and Vice Versa

14 Heteroglossia as Experiment and Cosmopolitan Performance

Excipit: The Personal Touch