Literature and the Experience of Globalization : Texts Without Borders
Author(s): Svend Erik Larsen
How does literature represent, challenge and help us understand our experience of globalization? Taking literary globalization studies beyond its traditional political focus, Literature and the Experience of Globalization explores how writers from Shakespeare through Goethe to Isak Dinesen, J.M. Coetzee, Amitav Ghosh and Bruce Chatwin engage with the human dimensions of globalization. Through a wide range of insightful close readings, Svend Erik Larsen brings contemporary world literature approaches to bear on cross-cultural experiences of migration and travel, translation, memory, history and embodied knowledge. In doing so, this important intervention demonstrates how literature becomes an essential site for understanding the ways in which globalization has become an integral part of everyday experience.
“[Larsen] makes interesting and useful parallels between past and present, and his examples are often odd and refreshing ... he makes history come alive in relation to literature, with an appealing mix of fact and analysis that creates a pleasant read that avoids the obscurantism too common in academic works ... Larsen demonstrates an unwavering voice of passion for global literatures that is contagious in the reader, with plain language for complex ideas that suggests a gifted professor, and overall I would recommend this book.” - World Literature Today
“Larsen is best when he demonstrates how, as he writes in chapter 3, a variety of texts turn “comprehensive and complex conceptions [of globalization] into concrete reality” for individual characters and readers. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.” - CHOICE