Daily Archives: December 21, 2009

World Literature Today

World Literature Today (WLT), a highly informative journal  about world literature, is one of nearly 1000 periodicals to which we subscribe.  Since limitations on space prevent our showcasing the entire collection at one time, we display them in rotation.  Fortunately, WLT is currently available for perusal on the periodical shelves of the Reference Services Department, and library guests can browse it for a reading on developments in world literature and culture.  CLP has an unbroken run of the journal beginning in 2002 as well as issues published from 1977 to 1979.

Published bimonthly by the University of Oklahoma, WLT features poetry, prose, and reviews about  world literature.  It is an English publication; however, commentaries and reviews encompass books which are written in and/or translated from a variety of languages as well as published within and outside the United States. 

Among its features are respective profiles of established and emerging writers and treatment of specific themes.  The theme of the current issue, “Voices Against the Darkness: Imprisoned Writers Who Could Not Be Silenced,” takes up about one-third of the issue in exploratory essays, interviews, poetry, and prose of writers who experienced or witnessed imprisonment or exile.  “Food,” “Exile and Migration,” “Catalan Literature,” and “Indigenous Popular Culture” are other issues WLT has recently addressed.  Succinct yet substantial, WLT provides a great entrée to world literature.


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