In World Literature, Non-Synchronism, and the Politics of Time
(Palgrave Macmillan) Filippo Menozzi offers to look at literature and literary processes through the prism of non-synchronism.
The book details the notion that Menozzi finds accurate and relevant not only for the analysis of current cultural and political developments, but also for the consideration of the past. Non-synchronism is suggested to subvert the boundaries of time and space that are united and organized through chronologies, imposing and supporting canonical structures. Menozzi asserts that a non-synchronism approach to how we read has political repercussions that can shape the way we navigate the network of political and economic systems.
To demonstrate how the non-synchronism approach helps re-arrange different times, Menozzi draws attention to fiction from Africa and South Asia and focuses on how the change of the temporal perspective can activate textual layers, providing space for the intersection of the local and the global.
(PhD, Kent) is Lecturer in postcolonial and world literature at Liverpool John Moores University, UK.