Scholars have long held different views on the scope and connotation of “Eastern Comparative Literature”: regarding the former, it can be understood in both broad and narrow sense; regarding the latter, it oscillates between a disciplinary paradigm and a research object. However, at its core has always been a rootedness in the East, focusing on comparative studies within Eastern literatures and cultures, so as to deconstruct “Eurocentrism” in international comparative literature studies. In recent years, while the Chinese academia has been engaged in comparative studies of Eastern and Western literature and literary theory, scholars have also embarked on Eastern studies, appealing to a return to and restoration of the East. “Eastern Comparative Literature” is of great significance to the establishment of a truly open and internationalized discipline of comparative literature studies. Its research scope can indeed be expanded, and one of the directions can be the comparative study of Eastern literary theories. This article is a rethinking of “Eastern Comparative Literature.” It elaborates on the connotation of this discipline, and discusses the question of the “East” that has been involved in current comparative literature and literary theory studies.


Eastern comparative literature, Eurocentrism, Eastern literary theory

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