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How to Read World Literature [Paperback]

David Damrosch

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Nov. 10 2008 1405168269 978-1405168267
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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“Undoubtedly, Damrosch's latest book is a useful tool for prospective readers (especially English-speaking ones) of world literature. It introduces them to major works of world literature and shows them how to read these works, both in their original form and in translation. The author succeeds in his endeavor to launch his readers to ‘read, and read, and read still more.’” (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, April 2009) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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, Molière, Kafka, Soyinka, and Walcott.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Sept. 19 2012
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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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