World Literature: The Controversy

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A 1765 de l’Isle globe, showing top view. Collection of the Minnesota Historical Society. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Surely we should study world literature? It gives us a chance to encounter something new and challenging. On the other hand, simply because there is so much of it, this encounter may be shallow and reductive. Part of the ongoing debate about this can be found in Caroline Levine’s review of some recent books on the topic, ‘For World Literature’

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