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The New International? Literature in an age of ‘globish’

Written by Mike Butler, 18th October 2011

The Institute of Ideas' seventh annual 'Battle of Ideas' takes place on 29-30 October, and there will be an exciting programme of events taking place around the country leading up to it - including a debate about the current status of world literature and how a writer is influenced by the national tradition in which he or she writes:

Is the interest in global literature evidence of a rootless cosmopolitanism, hostile to the influence of the social and political realities of a particular author’s nationality and cultural background? Are we kidding ourselves we even understand works in translation? Is great national literature universal because it is great, or great because it is universal?

These questions and more will be debated by the speakers, but let us know your own thoughts on the matter - do you read literature in translation? Does an author's nationality affect how you read their work?

The New International? Literature in an age of ‘globish’

Thursday 20 October, 7.00pm until 9.00pm

Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA

£7.50/5: buy online or by calling 0207 269 9220

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