How to Read World Literature

How to Read World Literature

Paperback How to Study Literature

By (author) David Damrosch

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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Paperback | 152 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 12mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 17 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 1405168269
  • ISBN 13: 9781405168267
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 398,964

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How to Read World Literature addresses the unique challenges faced by a reader confronting foreign literature. Accessible and enlightening, Damrosch offers readers the tools to navigate works as varied as Homer, Sophocles, Kalidasa, Du Fu, Dante, Murasaki, Moliere, Kafka, Soyinka, and Walcott. Offers a unique set of "modes of entry" for readers encountering foreign literature Provides readers with the tools to think creatively and systematically about key issues such as reading across time and cultures, reading translated works, and emerging global perspectives Covers a wide variety of genres, from lyric and epic poetry to drama and prose fiction and discusses how these forms have been used in different eras and cultures

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David Damrosch is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Professor Damrosch's most recent publication is What Is World Literature? (2003), but he is perhaps best known as the general editor of The Longman Anthology of British Literature and of The Longman Anthology of World Literature (2004). From 2001 to 2003 he was President of the American Comparative Literature Association.

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"How to Read World Literature" addresses the unique challenges faced by a reader confronting foreign literature, such as reading across time and cultures, reading translated works, and the emerging global perspective. A variety of genres are covered, from lyric and epic poetry to drama and prose fiction, with discussions of how these forms have been used in different eras and cultures, and examples from authors and texts as varied as Homer, Sophocles, Kalidasa, Du Fu, Dante, Murasaki, Moliere, Kafka, Soyinka, and Walcott.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments viii Introduction 1 1 What Is "Literature"? 6 2 Reading across Time 24 3 Reading across Cultures 46 4 Reading in Translation 65 5 Going Abroad 86 6 Going Global 105 Epilogue: Going Farther 125 Bibliography 130 Index 136