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Literature's otherness and global EastWest modernities: an intorduction to JET's special issue

IN THIS SPECIAL literary issue of JET, the featured articles introduce a spectrum of issues and perspectives, but nonetheless share a focus. The authors reflect on how literature, with its otherness and in search of otherness, plays a vital role in shaping the response to the Enlightenment and its systemized modernity. In this broad context the authors raise and pursue questions related to the global East-West. With the charge from JET, I write to attempt a clarification of the relevant contexts, to highlight the issues brought up by these poignant arguments, and to stimulate further discussions.

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