Damrosch, David World Literature In Theory

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World Literature in Theory provides a definitive exploration of the pressing questions facing those studying world literature today.

  • Coverage is split into four parts which examine the origins and seminal formulations of world literature, world literature in the age of globalization, contemporary debates on world literature, and localized versions of world literature
  • Contains more than 30 important theoretical essays by the most influential scholars, including Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Hugo Meltzl, Edward Said, Franco Moretti, Jorge Luis Borges, and Gayatri Spivak
  • Includes substantive introductions to each essay, as well as an annotated bibliography for further reading
  • Allows students to understand, articulate, and debate the most important issues in this rapidly changing field of study

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World Literature in Theory is a definitive exploration of the pressing questions facing those studying world literature today. This reader brings together more than 30 essays by the most influential scholars in world literature. The essays allow students to consider important questions, including: How do we gain an adequate grounding in multiple cultures? How do we make intelligent choices about what to read? How do we avoid skimming the surface of complex works that must be read in translation? How do we avoid a simple projection of our own cultures and values on the wider world? How do we negotiate the changing cultural, political, and economic landscape of the texts and ourselves?

This collection brings together important theoretical essays by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Hugo Meltzl, Edward Said, Franco Moretti, Jorge Luis Borges, Gayatri Spivak, and more. The coverage is split into four parts; they examine the origins and seminal formulations of world literature, world literature in the age of globalization, contemporary debates on world literature, and localized versions of world literature. Damrosch provides substantive introductions to each essay, as well as an annotated bibliography for further reading. Without shying away from the subject’s inherent complexities, this reader allows students to understand, articulate, and debate the most important issues in this rapidly changing field of study.

About the Author:

David Damrosch is Professor and Department Chair of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He is the founding general editor of the six-volume Longman Anthology of World Literature (2004), the editor of Teaching World Literature (2009), and co-editor of the Princeton Sourcebook in Comparative Literature (2009). He is also the author of How to Read World Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008) and The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (2007). His current research projects include a book on the discipline of comparative literature and a book on the role of global scripts in the formation of national literatures. He is the founding director of the Institute for World Literature at Harvard University.

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