“Love for the World”: Shakespeare, National Literature, and Weltliteratur

Q.S. Tong

Abstract


"This essay proposes to revisit Erich Auerbach’s seminal essay 'Philology and Weltliteratur,' published in 1952, and rethink the idea and practice of world literature as a historical process, with reference to cross-cultural appropriations of Shakespeare as means of facilitating the development of national literatures in Germany in the late eighteenth century and in China in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries."

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