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Overview

"How to Read World Literature addresses the unique challenges faced by a reader confronting foreign literature: reading across time and cultures, reading translated works well, and exploring today's 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 The Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer, Sophocles, Kalidasa, Du Fu, Murasaki, The 1001 Nights, Moliere, Conrad, Soyinka, and Walcott." Accessible and enlightening, How to Read World Literature offers readers the tools to navigate literary works from around the world.
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“Undoubtedly, Damrosch's latest book is a useful tool for prospective readers (especially English-speaking ones) of world literature. It introduces them to major works of world literature and shows them how to read these works, both in their original form and in translation. The author succeeds in his endeavor to launch his readers to ‘read, and read, and read still more.’” (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, April 2009)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405168267
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Series: How to Study Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

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

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