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ERIC Number: ED143023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 7
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World Literature Tomorrow.
Clements, Robert J.
The development of a curriculum for graduate-level education in world literature, a logical extension of comparative literature, poses many problems. Among these is the misinterpretation and misuse of the term "world literature," which should be defined as literature from all over the world that is taught by those who read it in the original language. In addition to the problem presented by the language barrier, accurate representation of countries or geographic areas and the politicization of literature are issues that must be confronted. For the essential first step in undertaking a census of existing texts and translations for use in graduate study, several bibliographical tools are available: UNESCO's registry of worldwide translations, microfilm and microfiche bibliographies, international literary clubs, university presses, and so on. Once syllabi are constructed, group teaching by instructors of different nationalities or instruction by polyglot teachers can help to alleviate the language problem. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the 1976 Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association; Reprinted from "World Literature Today" (formerly "Books Abroad"), vol. 51, no. 2, Spring 1977, pp. 180-186