David damrosch is professor of english and comparative literature at columbia university and president of the american comparative literature association for 2002 03 his books include the narrative covenant we scholars and meetings of the mind princeton. The first book to look broadly at the contemporary scope and purposes of world literature what is world literature probes the uses and abuses of world literature in a rapidly changing world in case studies ranging from the sumerians to the aztecs and from medieval mysticism to postmodern metafiction david damrosch looks at the ways works . A past president of the american comparative literature association david damrosch has written widely on comparative and world literature from antiquity to the present. World literature was long defined in north america as an established canon of european masterpieces but an emerging global perspective has challenged both this european focus and the very category of the masterpiece the first book to look broadly at the contemporary scope and purposes of world
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