2nd Edition

The Routledge Companion to World Literature

Edited By Theo D'haen, David Damrosch, Djelal Kadir Copyright 2023

    This fully updated new edition of The Routledge Companion to World Literature contains ten brand new chapters on topics such as premodern world literature, migration studies, world history, artificial intelligence, global Englishes, remediation, crime fiction, Lusophone literature, Middle Eastern literature, and oceanic studies.

    Separated into four key sections, the volume covers:

    • the history of world literature through significant writers and theorists from Goethe to Said, Casanova and Moretti
    • the disciplinary relationship of world literature to areas such as philology, translation, globalization, and diaspora studies
    • theoretical issues in world literature, including gender, politics, and ethics; and
    • a global perspective on the politics of world literature

    Comprehensive yet accessible, this book is ideal as an introduction to world literature or for those looking to extend their knowledge of this essential field.

    Table of Contents

    Notes on Contributors

    Preface: Weltliteratur, littérature universelle, vishwa sahitya . . . (Editors)


    Part One / The Historical Dimension

    1. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Origins and Relevance of Weltliteratur (John Pizer)

    2. Hugo Meltzl and the "Principle of Polyglottism" (David Damrosch)

    3. Georg Brandes: The Telescope of Comparative Literature (Svend Erik Larsen)

    4. Rabindranath Tagore’s Comparative World Literature (Bhavya Tiwari)

    5. Erich Auerbach and the Death and Life of World Literature (Aamir Mufti)

    6. Qian Zhongshu as Comparatist (Zhang Longxi)

    7. René Étiemble: Planetary Comparatist (Samira Sayeh and David Damrosch)

    8. Dionýz Ďurišin and a Systemic Theory of World Literature (César Domínguez)

    9. Claudio Guillén: (World) Literature as System (Darío Villanueva)

    10. Edward W. Said: The Worldliness of World Literature (Jonathan Arac)

    11. Of Rivalry and Revolution: Pascale Casanova’s World Republic of Letters (Jérôme David)

    12. Franco Moretti and The Global Wave of the Novel (Mads Rosendahl Thomsen)

    Part Two / The Disciplinary Dimension

    13. World Literature and Comparative Literature (David Damrosch)

    14. World Literature and Philology (Michael Holquist)

    15. World Literature and National Literature(s) (Jing Tsu)

    16. World Literature and Translation Studies (Lawrence Venuti)

    17. World Literature and Literary Theory (Galin Tihanov)

    18. World Literature: The Problem of the Premodern (Stephen Owen)

    19. World Literature and Postmodernism (Hans Bertens)

    20. Postcolonialism and World Literature (Baidik Bhattacharya)

    21. World Literature and Migration Literature (Sandra Vlasta)

    22. World Literature and Cosmopolitanism Studies (César Domínguez)

    23. World Literature and World Cinema (Delia Ungureanu)

    24. World Literature and the Question of History (May Hawas)

    Part Three / The Theoretical Dimension

    25. Uses of World Literature (Bruce Robbins)

    26. Teaching Worldly Literature (Martin Puchner)

    27. Canons and Caravans of Bibliomigrancy: Creating World Literary Readerships (B. Venkat Mani)

    28. World Literature and Digital Media (Brian Lennon)

    29. World Literature and the Library (Reingard Nethersole)

    30. World Literature and the Book Market (Ann Steiner)

    31. World Literature, Francophonie, and Creole Cosmopolitics (Françoise Lionnet)

    32. World Literature and Popular Literature: The Remediated Word (Jan Baetens)

    33. World Crime Fiction (Jesper Gulddal and Stewart King)

    34. The Genres of World Literature: The Case of Magical Realism (Mariano Siskind)

    35. The Poetics of World Literature (Zhang Longxi)

    36. The Ethics of World Literature (Peter Hitchcock)

    37. The Politics of World Literature (Sanja Bahun)

    38. Gender and Sexuality in World Literature (Deborah Castillo)

    39. World Literature and Cultures of the Environment (Ursula Heise)

    40. The Specter of Alan Turing: World Literature and Artificial Intelligence (Biwu Shang)

    Part Four / The Geographical Dimension

    41. Mapping World Literature (Theo D’haen)

    42. World Literature and Latin American Literature (Djelal Kadir)

    43. Comparative Literatures in Portuguese (Helena Carvalhão Buescu and Simão Valente)

    44. World Literature and Global English (Paul Giles)

    45. European Literature and World Literature (Theo D’haen)

    46. The World of Arabic Literature (Tarek El-Ariss)

    47. African Angles on World Literature (Stefan Helgesson)

    48. World Literature and East Asian Literatures (Satoru Hashimoto)

    49. World Literature and Muslim Southeast Asia (Ronit Ricci)

    50. Oceans, Archipelagoes, and World Literature (Jason Frydman)



    Theo D’haen is Emeritus Professor of English, American and Comparative Literature at the universities of Leuven and Leiden. Recent publications include The Concise Routledge History of World Literature, World Literature: A Reader (with César Domínguez and Mads Rosendahl Thomsen), American Literature: A History (with Hans Bertens), and World Literature in an Age of Geopolitics.

    David Damrosch is Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University and founder of the Institute for World Literature. His books include What Is World Literature?, Comparing the Literatures: Literary Studies in a Global Age, and Around the World in 80 Books, and he is Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of World Literature.

    Djelal Kadir is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University. Among his books are Memos from the Besieged City: Lifelines for Cultural Sustainability, Columbus and the Ends of the Earth: Europe’s Prophetic Rhetoric as Conquering Ideology, and Questing Fictions: Latin America's Family Romance. He is the former Editor of World Literature Today and Founding President of the International American Studies Association.