The Cambridge Companion to World Literature

Ben Etherington (Editor), Jarad Zimbler (Editor)

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The Cambridge Companion to World Literature introduces the significant ideas and practices of world literary studies. It provides a lucid and accessible account of the fundamental issues and concepts in world literature, including the problems of imagining the totality of literature; comparing literary works across histories, cultures and languages; and understanding how literary production is affected by forces such as imperialism and globalization. The essays demonstrate how detailed critical engagements with particular literary texts call forth differing conceptions of world literature, and, conversely, how theories of world literature shape our practices of readings. Subjects covered include cosmopolitanism, transnationalism, internationalism, scale and systems, sociological criticism, translation, scripts, and orality. This book also includes original analyses of genres and forms, ranging from tragedy to the novel and graphic fiction, lyric poetry to the short story and world cinema.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages286
ISBN (Electronic)9781108594400, 9781108613354
ISBN (Print)9781108471374, 9781108457842
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018

Publication series

NameCambridge Companions to Literature
PublisherCambridge University Press


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  • Introduction

    Etherington, B. & Zimbler, J., Nov 2018, The Cambridge Companion to World Literature. Etherington, B. & Zimbler, J. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 1-20 20 p. (Cambridge Companions to Literature).

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