Introduction: Literary Texts and Contexts: Comparing the World and the World of Comparison

Jonathan Locke Hart

Abstract


"The contributors to this special issue demonstrate innovative ways to explore comparative literature and world literature, which we have examined under the rubric, “Literary Texts and Contexts: Comparing the World and the World of Comparison.” This is not an issue seeking consensus, but one that brings scholars from different parts of the world to discuss the theory and practice of literature, its texts and contexts, from theory to film and television. National, comparative, world, and other designations for the study of literature all come into this debate. This issue, then, is a forum in which diversity and difference express themselves."

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