How to Read World Literature

How to Read World Literature

Author(s): David Damrosch

Published Online: 25 FEB 2009

Print ISBN: 9781405168267

Online ISBN: 9781444304596

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304596

About this Book

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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