"This set hopes to underscore the primary goal of comparative literature studies: placing literature in a broad cultural and historical as well as an aesthetic context. In a far-ranging introductory essay, the editor argues that it is impossible to appreciate world literature without paying close attention both to political issues like colonization, race, and ethnicity as well as the seemingly more objective concerns of aesthetic analysis. These volumes offer a generous sampling of exemplary literary criticism about writers from all over the world. They will be more useful in the circulating than the reference collection."
"Twayne Literary Companions -concise, readable one-volume guides to literary works and authors - have
been a mainstay of circulating college library collections for 50 years. The publisher has recently expanded
to literary reference works with its Twayne Companion to Literature series - critical anthologies on themes
and authors produced via partnership with distinguished literary journals. The latest in the series, published
in conjunction with World Literature Today provides a microhistory of contemporary writing by some of the
world┐s finest critics and writers (J. Hillis Miller, Max Frisch, and Octavio Paz are among the contributors)...The most likely user of this work is a student in a college or graduate literature class."
-- Library Journal
-- ARBA (2003)