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How to Read World Literature Paperback – 31 October 2008
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- Publisher : John Wiley & Sons; 1st edition (31 October 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 152 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1405168269
- ISBN-13 : 978-1405168267
- Dimensions : 15.57 x 0.89 x 23.5 cm
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From the Back Cover
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.
About 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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Good book for those wanting to read and appreciate World LiteratureReviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 September 2018
Interesting read having completed the World literature course he jointly presents on Harvard edX with Martin Puchner.
ughReviewed in the United States on 28 October 2018
I'm sorry, but this book is boring. The font was also tiny and that may have contributed to why it was so hard to read. I like to read, and I can enjoy a text book as much as a regular book, but this one did not appeal to me.
Five StarsReviewed in the United States on 8 July 2017
Thanks for helping me finish school!
MediocreReviewed in the United States on 19 September 2012
Domrosch surveys the territory, but he doesn't really have an idea uniting his book. I wasn't impressed. Yes, big schemes are reductive and always end up getting torn down, but this book is too close to an unstructured stream of details.
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