Reading Worlds Literature with Samuel R. Delany

General Information and the Misery of Bodies


  • Chris Meade Appalachian State University


Samuel R. Delany, World Literature, Comparative Literature


Drawing on science fiction and object-oriented ontology, this article suggests new methods for conceiving a pluralized world(s) literature, through the lens of Samuel Delaney’s decades of worlds-making narrative. Meade offers the principle of subjunctivity and of fuzzy concepts as a means for expanding the theoretical presumptions of the World Literature debate in contemporary literature, and details the ways in which Delaney offers a narrative pedagogy of worldedness that goes on the Mercatorian confines of contemporary globalization discourses.

Author Biography

Chris Meade, Appalachian State University

Visiting Assistant Professor of English