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A History of European Literature: The West and the World from Antiquity to the Present

Walter Cohen


The history of European literature and of each of its standard periods can be illuminated by comparative consideration of the different literary languages within Europe and of the relationship of European literature to world literature. The global history of literature from the ancient Near East to the present can be divided into five main, overlapping stages. European literature emerges from world literature before the birth of Europe—during antiquity, whose classical languages are the heirs to the complex heritage of the Old World. That legacy is later transmitted by Latin to the various ver ... More

Keywords: European literature, world literature, novel, literary history, form, literary system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198732679
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732679.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter Cohen, author
University of Michigan