Reading the Past Across Space and Time

Receptions and World Literature

  • Brenda Deen Schildgen
  • Ralph Hexter

Part of the Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies book series (GSLS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Brenda Deen Schildgen, Ralph Hexter
    Pages 1-19
  3. Epic Receptions

  4. Greek Philosophical Receptions

  5. Drama and Receptions

  6. Lyric Receptions

  7. Politics and Sociology of Reception

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
    2. Gisèle Sapiro
      Pages 321-339
    3. Brenda Deen Schildgen, Ralph Hexter
      Pages 341-347
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 349-392

About this book


Featuring leading scholars in their fields, this book examines receptions of ancient and early modern literary works from around the world (China, Japan, Ancient Maya, Ancient Mediterranean, Ancient India, Ancient Mesopotamia) that have circulated globally across time and space (from East to West, North to South, South to West). Beginning with the premise of an enduring and revered cultural past, the essays go on to show how the circulation of literature through translation and other forms of reception in fact long predates modern global society; the idea of national literary canons have existed just over a hundred years and emerged with the idea of national educational curricula. Highlighting the relationship of culture and politics in which canons are created, translated, promulgated, and preserved, this book argues that such nationally-defined curricula were challenged by critics and writers in the wake of the Second World War. 


Comparative Literature World literature Transcultural studies Reception theory Global Literary Reception Lyric reception Drama reception

Editors and affiliations

  • Brenda Deen Schildgen
    • 1
  • Ralph Hexter
    • 2
  1. 1.Comparative LiteratureUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA
  2. 2.Classics and Comparative LiteratureUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA

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