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some good axiomatic parts in the Intro, and repeats in later chapters esp on Kafka and Rigoberta Menchu Also, dealing with the realism of encounteringthan we understand or can read is refreshing Hard to draw paradigms, though, from his use of scholarship to support readings e.g in the Menchu part , or get a grip on how he sees genre as a force, which it seems to be A lot of the chapters end cryptically, aphoristically Hard to come up with a way, beyond summarizing and extracting, some good axiomatic parts in the Intro, and repeats in later chapters esp on Kafka and Rigoberta Menchu Also, dealing with the realism of encounteringthan we understand or can read is refreshing Hard to draw paradigms, though, from his use of scholarship to support readings e.g in the Menchu part , or get a grip on how he sees genre as a force, which it seems to be A lot of the chapters end cryptically, aphoristically Hard to come up with a way, beyond summarizing and extracting, to convey the useful parts to a readership e.g in Japan with a very different world and world, as a model for a book or long type essayalso, reluctance to accept seek info from non academics but for fiction writers is a bit of a minus, in the world we live inI sense anthologizing rather than paradigmizingbut his open search for I think collaborators is also refreshing, in being upfront about that dependence #Book ⚸ What Is World Literature? ¹ World literature was long defined in North America as an established canon of European masterpieces, but an emerging global perspective has challenged both this European focus and the very category of the masterpiece The first book to look broadly at the contemporary scope and purposes of world literature, What Is World Literature probes the uses and abuses of world literature in a rapidly changing world In case studies ranging from the Sumerians to the Aztecs and from medieval mysticism to postmodern metafiction, David Damrosch looks at the ways works change as they move from national to global contexts Presenting world literature not as a canon of texts but as a mode of circulation and of reading, Damrosch argues that world literature is work that gains in translation When it is effectively presented, a work of world literature moves into an elliptical space created between the source and receiving cultures, shaped by both but circumscribed by neither alone Established classics and new discoveries alike participate in this mode of circulation, but they can be seriously mishandled in the process From the rediscovered Epic of Gilgamesh in the nineteenth century to Rigoberta Mench s writing today, foreign works have often been distorted by the immediate needs of their own editors and translators Eloquently written, argued largely by example, and replete with insightful close readings, this book is both an essay in definition and a series of cautionary tales from Goethe to Said, good work to summarize relation between world literature, great piece on Rigoberta Menchu very inspiring Reading this book was just so entertaining and enriching Although some passages ramble a little, the books succeeds in giving an encompassing enough account of the dilemmas of current comparativism and the complex composition of literary canons through space and time, a process that requires the intervention of individuals as well as the involvement of casual circumstances in history, local literary production cultures and the exchange dynamics between these and the world beyond their frontiers Reading this book was just so entertaining and enriching Although some passages ramble a little, the books succeeds in giving an encompassing enough account of the dilemmas of current comparativism and the complex composition of literary canons through space and time, a process that requires the intervention of individuals as well as the involvement of casual circumstances in history, local literary production cultures and the exchange dynamics between these and the world beyond their frontiers It was indeed very refreshing to read something by an American scholar that tries to understand and appreciate the value of the literatures of the world in a time when the official discourse of the USA doesn t get very far from racism and xenophobia The chapters on the translations twists and turns of Mechthild von Magdeburg and the discovery, philological processing, and failed translations of the tables on which the parts of the Epic of Gilgamesh was written are exhilarating What Is World Literatureshould be considered a required reading for anyone interested on the subject An excellent book I have a particular interest in World Literature as I m teaching a course in it at high school This is pitched at a higher level from Harvard professor Damrosch, but I will definitely use sections of it with my students Damrosch is a polymath and an elegant writer This is full of insights.