Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Counterpoint. Considerations on the methods of comparative literature

Federico José Xamist


This essay goes in a critical manner through the different stages of elaborating a theory, a methodology and a canon for what we nowadays call literary studies. In this sense, the first step of this “journey” is a record of the sources of this journey expressed as a symptom of modernity during the first half of the nineteenth century. During the second step, which is the analysis, we show from different points of view the problem-antithesis often seen in the coined categories. The third step, the decisive one, is given by an attempt at critical evaluation of this course and the discovery of some gaps that, in our opinion, contain the lectures of a theoretical reflection that seems to have been in limbo as from the second half of the twentieth century. The title <Counterpoint> tries to illustrate both antithetical and synthetic character of our subject.

Text complet: PDF (English)