World Literature Decentered

Beyond the “West” through Turkey, Mexico and Bengal


World Literature Decentered: Beyond the “West” through Turkey, Mexico and Bengal (Routledge 2021) by Ian Almond seeks to decenter Eurocentric discourses of global literature and global history – not just by deconstructing or historicizing them, but by actively providing an alternative. Looking at a series of themes across literature from Mexico, Turkey and Bengal, the book argues that non-Western literature is not simply an ethnic category within the field. Instead, the non-West represents the overwhelming majority of the world, a fact which should change the way scholars and readers of world literature analyze and understand these works of art.

Ian Almond