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Teaching World Literature

Editor(s): David Damrosch

Pages: viii & 432 pp.
Published: 2009
ISBN: 9781603290333 (cloth)
ISBN: 9781603290340 (paperback)

"This book should be very helpful for anyone teaching literature that crosses regional, cultural or historical boundaries and who wants to take the issues inevitably involved in such breadth seriously."

"This is an exciting, and unsettling, time to be teaching world literature," writes David Damrosch. Because the range of works taught in world literature courses has expanded enormously, both historically and geographically, the task of selection—and of teacher preparation—has grown more challenging. Teachers of this field must grapple with such issues as coverage, cultural difference, and the role of translation in the classroom. Should one emphasize masterpieces or traditions, concepts or themes? How does one avoid making a work bear the burden of representing an entire tradition? To what extent should anthologies be used? Can a course be global in scope and yet focus on a few works, authors, moments?

This collection of thirty-two essays in the MLA series Options for Teaching offers an array of solutions to these challenges, reflecting the wide variety of institutions, courses, and students described by the contributors. An annotated bibliography is provided, with a listing of useful Web sites.

Emily Apter
Carolyn Ayers
Thomas Beebee
Monika Brown
Vilashini Cooppan
Wai Chee Dimock
Margaret Doody
Caroline D. Eckhardt
Nikolai Endres
Carol Fadda-Conrey
John Burt Foster, Jr.
Raymond-Jean Frontain
Jeanne Gillespie
Gary Harrison
Valerie Henitiuk
Margaret R. Higonnet
Elizabeth Horan
Oscar Kenshur
Kathleen L. Komar
Sarah Lawall
Zhang Longxi
Carol J. Luther
Joseph A. Massad
Collin Meissner
Anuradha Dingwaney Needham
Jane O. Newman
Michael Palencia-Roth
Ellen Peel
C. A. Prettiman
Elvira Pulitano
Marjorie E. Rhine
Eric Sterling
Lawrence Venuti
Kathryn A. Walterscheid

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