1st Edition

Language in Literature

By Jonathan Locke Hart Copyright 2025
    286 Pages
    by Routledge

    Language in Literature examines the overlap and blurring boundaries of English, Comparative and World poetry and literature.  Questions of language, literature, translation and creative writing are addressed as befitting an author who is a poet, literary scholar and historian. The book begins with metaphor, which Aristotle thought, in Poetics, was the key gift of the poet, and discusses it in theory and practice; it moves from the identity of metaphor to identity in translation and culture; it examines poetry in a comparative and world context; it looks at image and text; it explores, literature and culture in the Cold War; it  explores the role of the poet and Scholar in translating poetry East and West; it places creative writing in theory and practice in context East and West; it concludes by summing up and suggesting implications of creation in language, translating and interpreting its expression in literature, especially in poetry.

    Preface and Acknowledgements


    1.       Metaphor

    2.       . Image and Text in Context

    3.       Poetry, Language and Literature

    4.        Spenser and Milton in a European Context

    5.       Language, Literature, Culture and the Cold War

    6.       Hybrid Identity, Translation in Literature and Religion

    7.       Translating Poetry Between Cultures East and West

    8.       Creative Writing and Translation

    9.       Conclusion



    Jonathan Locke Hart received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in English and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Cambridge. Dr. Hart is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Member of Academia Europea, and is Chair Professor, the School of Translation Studies, and Director, International Cooperation Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies and Digital Humanities, Shandong University. He is also Fellow, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Victoria College, University of Toronto; Associate, Harvard University Herbaria; and Life Member, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. He is also Senior Fellow, Abigail Adams Institute and Adjunct Professor, Amity School of Languages, Amity University Rajasthan. In recent years, he was Core Faculty, Comparative Literature, Western University and Chair Professor of the School of Foreign Languages and Director of the Centre for Creative Writing, Literary Culture and Translation, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He has written over twenty books and edited others and contributed book chapters. A winner of many international awards, including two Fulbrights to Harvard, and having served on national and international committees, including Fulbright and Killam, he has written over 100 articles and essays and has held visiting appointments at Harvard, Cambridge, Princeton, the Sorbonne-Nouvelle (Paris III), Leiden, UC Irvine, Peking University and elsewhere and has given classes, talks, readings and lectures internationally.