The Twayne Companion to Contemporary World Literature is a reference anthology of literary criticism on world literature, with a focus on the last quarter century. Twayne Publishers has collaborated with the second oldest literary journal in the United States, World Literature Today.
This title provides a synthesis of some of the world's best writers and is of relevance to researchers in fields beyond literature, including politics, society, culture, gender studies, religion, and current events.
Essay titles by major writers include: Octavio Paz's "The Liberal Tradition"; Elie Wiesel's "A Vision of the Apocalypse"; Maria Vargas Llosa's "Social Commitment and the Latin American Writer"; and J. Hillis Miller's "World Literature in the Age of Telecommunications."
The latest trends are conveyed in critical essays which include: "Erotic Glasnost: Sexuality in Recent Russian Literature"; "A Hundred Years of Arab Women's Writings"; "Slavery and the African Imagination"; "Avant-Garde Poetry in China"; "The Literary Response to the Iranian Revolution"; "Milan Kundera: Dialogues with Fiction"; and "Nadine Gordimer: Nobel Laureate in Literature."
"The newest edition to the Twayne Companion to Literature series features 300 essays and 150 book reviews, mostly written since 1977, that are reprinted from the literary quarterly World Literature Today (WLT). The essays, ranging in length from 2 to 14 pages and sometimes accompanied by a black-and-white photograph, are arranged geographically by broad locale and then by individual country, where applicable...Reference works covering world literature are scarce; the most similar thing in scope sitting on reference shelves is the five-volume Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century (St. James, 1999), which is considerably more expensive but is a more traditional reference source. In the Encyclopedia one can get an overview of the life and work of an author, for example, while in the Twayne Companion one might find an essay that analyzes his or her last novel and its relationship to nature. The sets complement one another, but the sophisticated nature of Twayne probably makes it best suited for academic libraries."
-- Booklist (October 2003)
Price: US $308.00