comparative literature

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George Steiner (b. 1929)



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The combined study of similar literary works written in different languages, which stresses the points of connection between literary products of two or more cultures, as distinct from the sometimes narrow and exclusive perspective of Eng. Lit. or similar approaches based on one national canon. Advocates of comparative literature maintain that there is, despite the obvious disadvantages, much to be gained from studying literary works in translation. A scholar engaged in such studies is a comparatist.

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