Literature and Globalization: Some Thoughts on Translation and the Transnational

David Roberts, Brian Nelson


Abstract: This article argues that it is time to re-embed the study of literature in the larger project of “world literature” – literature conceived ecumenically, and recognized as the best means of allowing the comparative study of societies and cultures in a globalized world.  World literature, as David Damrosch has argued, is a kind of writing that gains in translation, enabling texts to transcend their culture of origin.  Translation gives us a unique purchase on the global scope of the world’s cultures, past and present. 

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