is the editor of poetry journal New Trad and co-founder of independent music label Inna Riddim Records.
Joshua Mostafa is the editor of poetry journal New Trad and co-founder of independent music label Inna Riddim Records. His stories, essays, reviews and poems have appeared in various publications, including Ambit, Oblong, Flash, Litro, Island, Sketch, Overland, Abraxas and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
‘The idea of world literature, taken as a whole rather than divided into many national or linguistically based literatures, is a paradoxical one. How can we speak of a “literature” that encompasses far too many languages to master in a single lifetime? Does the term refer to the totality of all the literature in the world, or does it imply a project of canonisation—and if so, who gets to decide which works are included? For the purposes of the study of literature, what constitutes the “world”? The last question might seem the easiest to answer: the world is where we live, the ground beneath our feet. But it's a more slippery concept than that.’
Much of Globes is concerned with questions of scale. Human societies are not static in size. What changes or deformations, Sloterdijk asks, must occur in a society when it grows from one of the smallest units – the tribe or clan in which everyone knows each other – into much a bigger grouping: a city, nation or empire?