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Literature and the World

1st Edition

By Stefan Helgesson, Mads Rosendahl Thomsen


174 pages

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Literature and the World presents a broad and multifaceted introduction to world literature and globalization. The book provides a brief background and history of the field followed by a wide spectrum of exemplary readings and case studies from around the world. Amongst other aspects of World Literature, the authors look at:

  • New approaches to digital humanities and world literature
  • Ecologies of world literature
  • Rethinking geography in a globalized world
  • Translation
  • Race and political economy

Offering state of the art debates on world literature, this volume is a superb introduction to the field. Its critically thoughtful approach makes this the ideal guide for anyone approaching World Literature.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why World Literature? Stefan Helgesson and Mads Rosendahl Thompson 1. Paradigms: World Literature and Its Others Mads Rosendahl Thompson 2. Ecologies of literature: The Cosmopolitan-Vernacular Nexus Stefan Helgesson 3. Genre: Strangeness and Familiarity Mads Rosendahl Thompson 4. Geography: Reading the Oceans Stefan Helgesson 5. Media and method: The Digital Library of Babel Mads Rosendahl Thompson 6. Translation: Duration and Cosmopolitan Reading Stefan Helgesson 7. Unfinished Business: A Dialogue Stefan Helgesson and Mads Rosendahl Thompson

About the Authors

Stefan Helgesson is Professor of English Literary Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden.

Mads Rosendahl Thomsen is Professor of Comparative Literature at Aarhus University, Denmark.

About the Series

Literature and Contemporary Thought

Literature and Contemporary Thought is an interdisciplinary series providing new perspectives and cutting edge thought on the study of Literature and topics such as Animal Studies, Disability Studies and Digital Humanities.

Each title includes chapters on:

  • why the topic is relevant, interesting and important at this moment and how it relates to contemporary debates
  • the background of and a brief introduction to the particular area of study the book is intended to cover
  • when this area of study became relevant to literature, how the relationship between the two areas was initially perceived and how it evolved

A glossary of key terms and annotated further reading will feature in every title. Edited by Ursula Heise and Guillermina De Ferrari this series will be invaluable to students and academics alike as they approach the interdisciplinary study of Literature.

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