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Module Reading List

Worlds of Literature, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Jacob Blakesley
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Primary texts to read before each lecture (in order of study):

N.B. The Primary Reading is available either in print form, as a digital copy in the Course Readings folder on the VLE, or as an online resource (e.g. e-book ). 

Semester 1

Week 2 Lope de Vega, Fuente Ovejuna, trans. by Victor Dixon (Oxford: Oxbow/Aris and Phillips, 1989)   

Duncan Wheeler, Chapter Two of Golden age drama in contemporary Spain : the comedia on page, stage and screen (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2012), pp. 75-104 VLE 

Week 3 Pu Songling, Strange tales from a Chinese studio, trans. by John Minford (London: Penguin Classics, 2006): 9: ‘Catching a Fox’; 59: ‘Fox as Prophet’; 74: ‘Twin Lanterns’ VLE   

Week 4 Anonymous, Branch VIII: ‘Reynard’s Pilgrimage’, in The romance of Reynard the fox , trans. by D.D.R. Owen (Oxford: OUP/ Oxford World’s Classics, 1994), pp. 140-46 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (srj 07/02/2018) VLE   

Week 5 Boccaccio, The Decameron , trans. by G. H. McWilliam (London: Penguin Classics, 2003): Day IV, stories 1 and 2; Day VI, stories 1 and 10 VLE    

Week 6 Ryunosuke Akutagawa, ‘In a Bamboo Grove’, in Rashomon, and seventeen other stories , trans. by Jay Rubin (London: Penguin, 2006), pp. 10-19 VLE   

Week 8 Lev Tolstoy, War and Peace, trans. by Louise and Aylmer Maude, revised and edited by Amy Mandelker (Oxford: OUP / Oxford World’s Classics, 2010): Book 1 Part 2, chapters 17-21, pp. 190-213.       

Week 9 Yevgeny Zamyatin, We, trans. by Clarence Brown (London: Penguin, 1993).    

Week 10 Orlanda Amarílis, ‘Nina’, trans. by Paul Melo e Castro Exchanges (2016),

Vimala Devi, 'Fidelity', in Paul Melo e Castro, Lengthening shadows : an anthology of Goan short stories translated from the Portuguese ISBN: 9789380739755 (v. 1); 9789380739762 (v. 2), vol.1, Saligão, India: Goa, 1556 (2016), pp.169-172 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (srj 07/02/2018).  

Semester 2

Week 15 Module Poetry Reader ( VLE / photocopies )

Your lecturer will inform you which poems to read before the lecture.For your seminar: choose any Romantic / modern lyric from the reader  

Week 16 Three short stories taken from The Oxford book of French short stories, ed. Elizabeth Fallaize (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002) e-book: Renée Vivien, ‘The Lady with the She-Wolf’, trans. by Elizabeth Fallaize (pp. 156-62); Assia Djebar, ‘There is no Exile’, trans. by Marjolijn de Jager (pp. 315-25); Annie Saumont, ‘The Finest Story in the World’, trans. by Elizabeth Fallaize (pp. 339-43).    

Week 17 Selected poems from module Poetry Reader

Week 18 E. T. A. Hoffmann, ‘The Golden Pot’, trans. by Ritchie Robertson, in The golden pot, and other tales (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. 1-83. .   

Week 20 Italo Calvino, Selected stories from The complete cosmicomics ISBN: 9780141189680 paperback, trans. by William Weaver (London: Penguin, 2010): All in One Point’;‘The Aquatic Uncle’;‘The Dinosaurs’;‘The Spiral’;‘The Origin of the Birds’.   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 09/12/2020) 

Week 21 Andre Lefevere, 'Prewrite', Chapter 1 of Translation, rewriting, and the manipulation of literary fame (London and New York: Routledge, 1992), pp. 1-10 VLE    

Lawrence Venuti, ‘Invisibility’, Chapter 1 of The Translator's Invisibility: A History of Translation , 2nd edn (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2008), pp. 1-42 e-book 

Week 22 Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha, trans. by Hilda Rosner (London: Penguin, 2008).   

Week 23 Homer, The Odyssey, trans. by. Martin Hammond (London: Bloomsbury, 2014) e-book.    

Book 1, lines 1-124 (Introduction)

Book 5, lines 365-493 (Odysseus is shipwrecked on Phaeacia)

Book 11, lines 34-224 (Odysseus in the land of the dead)

Book 21, lines 404-22.125 (the battle on the threshold)

Book 23, lines 1-288 (Odysseus and Penelope reunited)

Book 24, lines 412-548 (Athene intervenes to restore peace)

Secondary Bibliography

N.B. The section of the Brotherton Library most relevant to world/comparative literature is General Literature on Floor 1. Below please find a suggested Secondary Bibliography divided into sub-sections:

Recommended general and introductory works:

Barry, Peter, Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory, 3rd edn (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009) [Contains useful discrete chapters on different theoretical approaches, with practical examples.]

Culler, Jonathan, Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction, 2nd edn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011) [orig. pub. 1997] [Concise and clear introduction to some of the key concepts and approaches to the study of literature.]

Damrosch, David, Natalie Melas and Mbongiseni Buthelezi (eds), The Princeton sourcebook in comparative literature : from the European Enlightenment to the global present (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009) [Chronological anthology of key essays and excerpts on comparative/world literature from 1797 to 2006: contains many of the key works in the field and is a good starting point for further reading.]

D’haen, Theo, David Damrosch and Djelal Kadir (eds), The Routledge Companion to World Literature (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2012)[Excellent introductory sourcebook and overview: contains fifty short critical essays on many aspects of the field and on most of its key works. Hard copy in library but can also be read on and off campus an e-book via the library catalogue.]

Jefferson, Ann and David Robey (eds), Modern Literary Theory: A Comparative Introduction, 2nd edn (London: Batsford, 1986) [Contains useful discrete chapters on many of the concepts/approaches that will be discussed in the lectures.]

Specific reading on themes, authors and texts studied on the module


Bate, Jonathan (1997). The genius of Shakespeare (London: Picador).

Cuddon, J.A. (1998). The Penguin dictionary of literary terms and literary theory (London: Penguin Books).

Diplomatic Information Office (1949). The Spanish cinema. (Madrid: Diplomatic Information Office).

Esslin, Martin (1987). The field of drama : how the signs of drama create meaning on stage and screen (London: Methuen).

Holub, Robert C. (1985). Reception Theory: A Critical Introduction (London: Routledge).

Kennedy, Dennis (2006). ‘Memory, performance and the idea of the museum’ in Shakespeare, memory and performance, ed. Peter Holland (Cambridge: Cambridge UP), 329-45. 

Larson, Paul E. (2001). ‘ Fuente Ovejuna: history, historiography and literary history’. Bulletin of the Comediantes. 53.2: 267–90. 

Pavis, Patrice (1992). ‘From page to stage: a difficult birth’ in Theatre at the crossroads of culture, Patrice Pavis (London: Routledge), 24-47.

Wheeler, Duncan (2011). ‘Comedia - Early Modern / Golden Age Spanish Theatre’. The literary encyclopedia [electronic resource]..  No longer available in the library [chg Library, 17/01/2019]  

Williams, Raymond (2002). ‘Argument: Text and performance’ in The Twentieth-Century Performance Reader, eds. Michael Huxley and Noel Witts, 2nd ed, (London: Routledge), 407-19. 


Cass, Victoria, 'Foreword.' In Giles, Herbert, trans. Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio. Tokyo; Singapore: Tuttle Publishing, 2010.

Huntington, Rania, 'Foxes and Sex in Late Imperial Chinese Narrative . ' Nan nü : men, women and gender in early and Imperial China. 2, 1 (2000): 78-128. (Available online through the university library).

Kang, Xiaofei, Power on the margins : the cult of the fox in late imperial and modern north China. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005.

Knight, Sabina, Chinese literature : a very short introduction. New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. (See Chapter 3, 'Classical Narrative; History, Jottings and Tales of the Strange, for a discussion of Pu Songling and foxes). Available online through the university library.

Minford, John, 'Introduction.' In Minford, trans. Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio. London: Penguin Books, 2006.

Thury, Eva and Margaret Devinney, Introduction to mythology : contemporary approaches to classical and world myths, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.


Busby, Keith, ‘Narrative genres’, in The Cambridge Companion to Medieval French Literature , ed. Simon Gaunt and Sarah Kay (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. 139-52 

Jauss, Hans Robert, Toward an aesthetic of reception , trans. Timothy Bahti (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1982)

Jefferson, Ann and David Robey (eds), Modern Literary Theory: A Comparative Introduction (London: Batsford, 1986)

Rombauts, E. and A. Welkenhuysen (eds), Aspects of the medieval animal epic : proceedings of the international conference, Louvain, May 15-17, 1972 (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 1975)Varty, Kenneth, The Roman de Renart : a guide to scholarly work (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1998)


Auerbach, Erich, Mimesis. The Representation of Reality in Western Literature, trans. by Willard R. Trask(Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003). Available through library catalogue as an e-book.

Cottino-Jones, Marga, Order from chaos : social and aesthetic harmonies in Boccaccio's Decameron (Washington: University Press of America, 1982)Fido, Franco, ‘Boccaccio’s Ars narrandi in the Sixth Day of the Decameron’, in Italian literature : roots and branches : essays in honor of Thomas Goddard Bergin, ed. by Giose Rimanelli and Kenneth J. Atchity (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1976), pp. 225-242

Forni, Pier Massimo, Adventures in speech : rhetoric and narration in Boccaccio's Decameron (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996)

Green, Louis, Chronicle into history : an essay on the interpretation of history in Florentine fourteenth-century chronicles (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1972), pp. 70-72.

Jakobson, Roman, ‘Linguistic and Poetics’, in Style in Language, ed. by Thomas A. Sebeok (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1960), pp. 350-77.

Marcus, Millicent J., An allegory of form : literary self-consciousness in the Decameron (Saratoga: Anma Libri, 1979)

Mazzotta, Giuseppe, The world at play in Boccaccio's Decameron (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1986)Wallace, David, Giovanni Boccaccio, Decameron (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991)

Waugh, Linda R., ‘The Poetic Function in the Theory of Roman Jakobson’, Poetics Today, 2.1a, ‘Roman Jakobson: Language and Poetry’ (Autumn 1980), 57-82


Culler, Jonathan, Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction, 2nd edition, Oxford: Oxford UP, 2011.

Eagleton, Terry, Literary Theory: An Introduction, 2nd edition, Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2011. Available through the library catalogue as an e-book.

Macey, David The Penguin dictionary of critical theory (London: Penguin, 2001)

Tsuruta, Kinya, ‘In a Grove’, in Thomas E. Swann and Kinya Tsuruta, Approaches to the modern Japanese short story (Tokyo: Waseda University Press, 1982), pp. 21-36


Berlin, Isaiah (1953) The hedgehog and the fox : an essay on Tolstoy's view of history.. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

Dobson, Miriam and Ziemann, Benjamin eds (2009) Reading Primary Sources. The Interpretation of Texts from Nineteenth and Twentieth Century History. London: Routledge.

Hudspith, Sarah (2020) ‘“It’s only a story.” What value are novels as a historical source?’ in Reading Russian Sources, ed. G. Gilbert. Abingdon: Routledge.

Hutcheon, Linda (1998) A Poetics of Postmodernism: History, Theory, Fiction. London, Routledge.

March, James (2012) Heroes and History: Lessons For Leadership From Tolstoy’s War and Peace

Morson, Gary Saul (1986) Literature and History: Theoretical Problems and Russian Case Studies. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Morson, Gary Saul (2002) ‘War and Peace’ in The Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy, ed. D. T. Orwin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Rancière, Jacques (2011) ‘On the Battlefield: Tolstoy, Literature, History’ in Politics of literature, trans. Julie Rose. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Thomas, Keith (1988) ‘ History and literature : the Ernest Hughes memorial lecture delivered at the College on 7 March 1988.’ University College of Swansea.

Hayden White (1973) Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth Century Europe. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press


Balasopoulos, Antonis  (2011) ‘Anti-Utopia and Dystopia: Rethinking the Generic Field.’ Utopia Project Archive 2006-2010 ed. Vassilis Vlastaras. Athens: School of Fine Arts Publications.

Ghosh, Ranjan, ed. (2013) Does Literature Matter? Special issue, SubStance. vol. 42 (2).

Kern, Gary, ed. (1988) Zamyatin's We : a collection of critical essays. Ann Arbor: Ardis.

Rancière, Jacques (2011) Politics of literature, trans. Julie Rose. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Russell, Robert (2000) Zamiatin's We. Bristol: Bristol Classical Press.


Boehmer, Elleke, Colonial and Postcolonial Literature: Migrant Metaphors, 2nd edn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005) [Can be read online via the library catalogue]

Hall, Stuart, ‘Cultural Identity and Diaspora’, in Patrick Williams and Laura Chrisman (eds),  Cultural identity and diaspora (New York: Columbia University Press, 1994), pp. 392-401

McLeod, John, Beginning Postcolonialism , 2nd edn (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010)Peres, Phyllis, ‘Border Writing, Postcoloniality and Critical Difference in the Works of Orlanda Amarílis’, in Susan Canty Quinlan and Fernando Arenas (eds), Lusosex : gender and sexuality in the Portuguese-speaking world (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002), pp. 149-67 Poddar, Prem, Rajeev S. Patke and Lars Jensen, A historical companion to postcolonial literatures : continental Europe and its empires (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008) [Can be read online via the library catalogue]

Sapega, Ellen, ‘Morabeza in the Metropolis: Gender, Emigration and the Colonial Relation in Pre-Independence Cape Verdean Literature’, in Phillip Rothwell (ed), Sexual/textual empires : gender and marginality in Lusophone African literature  [Contact Dr Castro if interested]


Allan, William, Chapter 3: “Lyric and personal poetry”, in Classical literature : a very short introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014). pp. 38-55 

Blasing, Mutlu Konuk ‘Making Choice of a Human Self’, Introduction to Lyric poetry : the pain and pleasure of words (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008), pp. 1-24 [can be read online via the library website.]

Culler, Jonathan,Chapter 8:‘Identity, Identification, and the Subject’, in Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction, 2nd edn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 110-22 [The bibliography for this chapter also contains several ideas for further reading.]

 Greene, Ellen (ed.), Reading Sappho : contemporary approaches, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996)Greene, Ellen (ed.), Re-reading Sappho : reception and transmission (Berkeley: University of.California Press, 1996)

Jackson, Virginia and Prins, Yopie (eds) The lyric theory reader : a critical anthology (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).

Winkler, Jack, ‘Gardens of Nymphs: Public and Private in Sappho’s Lyrics’, in Ellen Greene (ed.) Reading Sappho : contemporary approaches (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996), pp. 89-109.  Wordsworth, William, Preface to the Lyrical Ballads (1802)(multiple book/online editions available)

Gender and Sexuality

Barry, Peter, Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory, 3rd edn (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009) [Chapters on feminist criticism and on lesbian/gay criticism]

Beauvoir, Simone de: The Second Sex, translated and edited by H.M. Parshley (London: Pan, 1988)

Butler, Judith: Gender Trouble. Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (London & New York: Routledge, 1990)

Cranny-Francis, Anne et al: Gender studies : terms and debates (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)

Holmes, Diana, ‘Renée Vivien: Utopia and the Sapphic Body’ in A.Kershaw, P. Moores, H.Stafford (eds.) Impossible space : explorations of utopia in French writing (Strathclyde Modern Language Studies, 2004), pp.74-95.

Spender, Dale, Man Made Language (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1980)

Still, Judith, ‘Renée Vivien and the Freedom to choose’, in Women, genre and circumstance : essays in memory of Elizabeth Fallaize, with Margaret Atack, Diana Holmes, Diana Knight, Judith Still (Oxford: Legenda, 2012), pp. 96-108.


Bresnick, Adam, ‘Prosopoetic Compulsion: Reading the Uncanny in Freud and Hoffmann’, The Germanic review : literature, culture, theory., 71.2 (1996), 114-32

Eagleton, Terry, ‘Psychoanalysis’, in Literary Theory: An Introduction, 2nd edn(Oxford / Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2008), pp. 131-68 (can be read online via library website)

Ginsburg, Ruth, ‘A Primal Scene of Reading: Freud and Hoffmann' /,  Literature and psychology., 38.3 (1992), 24-46

Johnson, Laurie Ruth, Aesthetic anxiety : uncanny symptoms in German literature and culture (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010)

Mahoney, Dennis F., ed., The literature of German Romanticism (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2004)

McGlathery, James, ‘Bald Dein Fall Ins-Ehebett’? A New Reading of E. T. A. Hoffman’s Goldener Topf’, The Germanic review : literature, culture, theory. 53 (1978): 106-114

Rabaté, Jean-Michel, The Cambridge introduction to literature and psychoanalysis (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Saul, Nicholas, ed., The Cambridge Companion to German Romanticism (New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Snider, Daren, ‘Students, Snakes, and Witches: Defining the Subject in Hoffmann’s Golden Pot’, Utah Foreign Language Review (1992-1993), 118-25

Wälchli, Tan, ‘Freud and Hoffmann, Once Again’, Image (&) Narrative, 13.1 (2012), 21-31

Wollheim, Richard, Freud, 2nd edn(London: Fontana, 1991)

Wright, Elizabeth, ‘Modern psychoanalytic criticism’, in Ann Jefferson and David Robey (eds), Modern Literary Theory: A Comparative Introduction, 2nd edn (London: Batsford, 1986), pp. 145-65

Tatar, M. M. (1975). Mesmerism, madness, and death in E. T. A. Hoffmann's "Der goldne Topf". Studies in Romanticism., 14(4), 365


Blackburn, Simon, Being good : an introduction to ethics (Oxford – New York: Oxford University Press, 2002). 

Bullock, A. Natalia Ginzburg : human relationships in a changing world (New York; Oxford: Berg, 1991).

Culler, Jonathan. ‘Ethics and Aesthetics’, in Literary theory: a very short introduction, 2nd edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 121-33.

Castronuovo, Nadia, Natalia Ginzburg : Jewishness as moral identity (Leicester: Troubadour, 2010).

Eaton, A. W., ‘Literature and Morality’, in The Routledge companion to philosophy of literature ISBN: 9780415889728 (hbk.) : £150.00, ed. by Noël Carroll and John Gibson (New York – London: Routledge University Press 2016), pp. 433-50. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (srj 07/02/2018)  

Ginzburg, Natalia. A place to live : and other selected essays of Natalia Ginzburg. Translated by Lynne Sharon Schwartz. (New York: Seven Stories Editions 2003).

Giorgio, Adalgisa. ‘Natalia Ginzburg's “La Madre”: Exposing Patriarchy’s Erasure of the Mother’, The modern language review. ISSN: 0026-7937, 88.4 (1993), 864-880.

Hämäläinen, Nora, Literature and moral theory (London: Bloomsbury, 2015).

Jeannet, Angela M, and Giuliana Sanguinetti Katz (eds), Natalia Ginzburg : a voice of the twentieth century (Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2000).

Lewis, Paul, ‘Introduction’, in Natalia Ginzburg, The complete short stories of Natalia Ginzburg. Translated by Paul Lewis. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011), pp. 3-21.

Meretoja, Hanna, The ethics of storytelling : narrative hermeneutics, history, and the possible ISBN: 9780190649364 (hardback) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)   


Stewart, Charles, ‘Creolization, Hybridity, Syncretism, Mixture’, Portuguese studies., 27:1 (2011), 48-55.

Rama, Ángel, Writing across cultures : narrative transculturation in Latin America, trans. David Frye (Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2012).   Available within library [srj Library, 07/02/2018]  

Gloria Anzaldúa, in Borderlands : la frontera : the new Mestiza, 3rd edn (San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 2007).

Ortiz, Fernando, Cuban counterpoint, tobacco and sugar, trans. Harriet de Onís (Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1995).   Available within library [srj Library, 07/02/2018]  

José Vasconcelos, The cosmic race : a bilingual edition /La raza cósmica, trans. Didier T. Jaén (Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997).


Armstrong, Guyda, ‘Paratexts and their Function in Seventeenth-Century English Decamerons’, The modern language review. ISSN: 0026-7937 102(1) (2007): 40-57.

Borges, Jorge Luis, ‘The Translators of The Thousand and One Nights’, in Translation Studies Reader, ed. Lawrence Venuti (London: Routledge, 2012), pp. 92-106.

Harvey, Keith ,‘“Events” and “Horizons”: Reading Ideology in the “Bindings” of Translations’, in María Calzada Pérez (ed.), Apropos of ideology : translation studies on ideology-- ideologies in translation studies ISBN: 1900650517 (Manchester: St. Jerome, 2003) pp. 43-70.

Heilbron, Johan, 'Towards a Sociology of Translation: Book Translations as a Cultural World System', European journal of social theory. ISSN: 1368-4310 2 (4) (1999): 429-444.

Parks, Tim, 'Translating Individualism: Literature and Globalization', in Tim Parks, Translating Style, 2nd Edition (London: Routledge, 2014) pp. 234-348. 


Butler, Colin, ‘Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha: Some Critical Objections’, Monatshefte., 63.2 (1971), 117-24

Cornils, Ingo, ‘From Outsider to Global Player. Hermann Hesse in the 21st Century’, in Ingo Cornils (ed.), A companion to the works of Hermann Hesse (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2009), pp. 1-16

Hsia, Adrian ‘Siddhartha’, in Ingo Cornils (ed), A companion to the works of Hermann Hesse (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2009), pp. 149-170

Hughes, Jon, ‘Introduction: Hermann Hesse and Siddhartha in Context’, in Siddhartha, trans. by Hilde Rosner, limited anniversary edition (London: Peter Owen, 2012), pp.19-46

Swales, Martin, The German Bildungsroman from Wieland to Hesse (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1978)


Barnard, A. and Spencer, J., ‘Rite of passage’, in A. Barnard and J. Spencer (ed.), Encyclopedia of social and cultural anthropology (ed.2). (Abingdon: Routledge, 2010), pp. 616-17.

Diener, A.C, and Hagen, J., Borders [electronic resource] : a very short introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Dougherty, C., The raft of Odysseus : the ethnographic imagination of Homer's Odyssey (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).

Friedman, S.S., ‘Spatial poetics and Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things’, in J. Phelan and P.J. Rabinowitz (ed.), A companion to narrative theory. Malden MA: Blackwell, 2005), pp. 192-205.

Griffin, J., Homer. The Odyssey (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Paasi, A., ‘Borders and border-crossings’, in N.C. Johnson, R.H. Schein and J. Winders (ed.), A companion to cultural geography (Malden MA: Blackwell, 2013), pp. 478-93.

Thomassen, B., ‘Liminality’, in A. Harrington,B.L. Marshall andH.-P. Müller (ed.), Encyclopedia of social theory. Abingdon: Routledge, 2006), pp. 322-23.

Further reading:

Apter, Emily, The translation zone : a new comparative literature (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006) [Argues that the importance of translation and its political uses should influence the way that we approach the study of literature.]

--------------- , Against world literature : on the politics of untranslatability (London: Verso, 2013) [Argues that the concept of ‘world literatures’ and the acknowledgement of the limits of translation is preferable to a single model of World Literature taught in English translation.]

Bassnett, Susan, Comparative literature : a critical introduction (Oxford: Blackwell, 1993) [Discusses how translation, gender studies and postcolonialism affect the discipline.]

Bernheimer, Charles, Comparative literature in the age of multiculturalism (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995) [Examines how political and technological developments in a post-Cold War world change the discipline.]

Casanova, Pascale, The world republic of letters, trans. by M. B. DeBevoise (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007) [orig. pub. 1999]. [Argues that Paris was the capital of global literature (its ‘Greenwich Meridian’) from the nineteenth century into the twentieth.]

Connell, Liam and Nicky Marsh (eds), Literature and globalization : a reader (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2011) [Useful and interesting collection of recent essays that approach literature from a deliberately global and contemporary perspective.]

Damrosch, David, What is world literature? (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003)[Very good introductory chapter – ‘Goethe Coins a Phrase’ – on how world literature transcends its original location, followed by chapters discussing different examples.]

Deleuze, Gilles and Félix Guattari, Kafka : toward a minor literature, trans. by Dana Polan (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1986) [orig. pub. 1975]. [Posits Kafka as a writer of a marginalized people re-appropriating a ‘major’ language to his own ends.]

Felski, Rita, Literature after feminism (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003)

Gifford, Henry, Comparative literature (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1969) [Concise and clear introduction to the discipline, although inevitably dated now.]

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von and J. P. Eckermann, ‘Conversations on World Literature’, in Damrosch, Melas and Buthelezi (eds), The Princeton sourcebook in comparative literature : from the European Enlightenment to the global present, pp. 17-25

Krishnaswamy, Revathi, ‘Toward World Literary Knowledges: Theory in the Age of Globalization’, Comparative literature., 62.4 (2010), 399-419 [Journal article analysing the scant attention paid to non-Western literary theory.]

McLuhan, Marshall and Quentin Fiore, War and peace in the global village (Corte Madera, CA: Gingko Press, 2001) orig. pub. 1968 [On the political and cultural effects of technological developments.]

Moretti, Franco, ‘Conjectures on World Literature’, 'New Left Review'., 1 (2000), 55-67 [Short polemical argument against Eurocentric bias; available for free on the journal’s website: ]

--------------- , Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for a Literary History (London: Verso, 2005) [Also available as an e-book via the library catalogue.]

Munday, Jeremy (ed.), The Routledge companion to translation studies (London: Routledge, 2009) [Also available as an e-book via the library catalogue.]

Prendergast, Christopher (ed.), Debating world literature (London: Verso, 2004) [Collection of critical essays on the contemporary relevance of the concept.]

Said, Edward, Orientalism, reprint with new preface (London: Penguin, 2003); orig. pub. 1978

Saussy, Haun (ed.), Comparative literature in an age of globalization (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006)

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty, Death of a discipline (New York: Columbia University Press, 2003) [Argues for a new conception of comparative literature that liberates it from a globalized English-language market-led model.]

Steiner, George, After Babel: Aspects of Language and Translation, 3rd edn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998); orig. pub. 1975

Thomsen, Mads Rosendahl, Mapping world literature : international canonization and transnational literatures (London: Continuum, 2010)

Weisstein, Ulrich, Comparative literature and literary theory : survey and introduction (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1973) [original German version 1968]

Zhang, Yingjin (ed.), China in a polycentric world : essays in Chinese comparative literature (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998)

This list was last updated on 19/11/2021