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REVIEW: Stefan Helgesson and Mads Rosendhal Thomsen, Literature and the World


Abstract: The present book review aims at raising awareness about some of the most influential waves of changes in the wide field of humanities, that have contributed to the emergence of over-arching concepts in the field of literary studies and translations studies: a redefinition of world literature endorsed by an authoritative and convincing plea for its understanding and significant role in contemporary literary criticism, translation studies and cultural theory. Furthermore, other related terms reflect the same paradigm: globalization, transnational literature, digital humanities, cultural geography, cultural translation, at a time marked by several “turns”: the planetary turn, the cultural turn, to name some of the most recent and equally compelling concepts.

Key words: world literature, comparative literature, translation, wording, worlding


Damrosch, David. “What is World Literature.” In World Literature: A Reader, edited by Theo D`haen, Cesar Dominguez, and Mads Rosendhal Thomsen. London & New York: Routledge, 2013.

David Damrosch, How to Read World Literature. Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell, 2009.

Elias, Amy J., and Christian Moraru, eds. The Planetary Turn. Relationality and Geoaesthetics in the Twenty First Century. Evanstone: Northwestern University Press, 2015.

Helgesson, Stefan, and Mads Rosendhal Thomsen. Literature and the World. London and New York: Routledge, 2019.

Martin, Mircea, Christian Moraru, and Andrei Terian, eds. Romanian Literature as World Literature. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.