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World Literatures: Exploring the Cosmopolitan-Vernacular Exchange
This chapter proposes to trace French early modern understandings of the word vernacular in order to see what kinds of conceptual possibilities lie in the very history of the word. The investigation takes its cue from what could be identified as a quest for the moment of emergence of literatures within recent theories of world literature, a search in which the notion of the vernacular has come to play a crucial role. Alexander Beecroft argues that "a language is a dialect with a literature" anddoi:10.16993/bat.c fatcat:detmhw6qyvfr5ji2ueajmv2zne