The eighth book in a series called “Literatures as World Literature,” this volume is expansive and useful for its individual chapters in particular. Specialists in different periods and movements from Brazilian universities brandish their expertise to weigh in on issues such as outside influences and international reception, attitudes toward Brazil as a nation, and thoughts within Brazil about its regions and its indigenous cultures. Chronologically arranged, the chapter structure also focuses on genre.

Some readers might complain that the contemporary era and current forms are underrepresented, but a more important lack is coherence or idea of world literature. Each author either decides on their own or ignore the theme altogether and just provide a general analysis of their period, region, or movement. Many of these essays are wonderful and informative but most comparatists will shake their heads and ask why a few of these are included and some other topics...

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