Saugata Bhaduri and Amar Basu (eds.), ‘Perspectives on Comparative Literature and Culture in the Age of Globalization’

Just published is the volume: Saugata Bhaduri and Amar Basu (eds.), Perspectives on Comparative Literature and Culture in the Age of Globalization, London, New York, New Delhi: Anthem Press, 2010, xxiv + 176 pp., ISBN 978-81-907570-8-9.

This book consists of an introduction by the editors plus articles by 17 authors on multiple aspects of globalisation, comparative literary and cultural studies and translation studies. Contributors include such distinguished scholars as G.J.V. Prasad (on translation and the history of Tamil) and Shyama Prasad Ganguly (summarising the Indian reception of Cervantes’ “Don Quijote”). The editors’  introduction is a valuable attempt to examine the history and the various definitions of cultural studies. Many of the articles concern aspects of Slavic and Central and Eastern European studies, often in comparison with Indian material.

Included is my own essay, ‘Beyond the Domestic and the Foreign: Translation as Dialogue’ (pp. 29-39), originally given in as a paper at the ‘International Workshop on Intercultural Studies Today: Challenges and Imperatives’ held at JNU University, Delhi, in 2006. This paper is also available on-line at:  http://seikilos.com.ar/TranslationDialogue.pdf. See also entry on this blog for 6 April 2006.

This lively, stimulating and well-produced volume may be recommended to all interested in the ongoing global debates around literary and cultural comparative studies.

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