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Literatures of Asia, Africa, and Latin America: From Antiquity to the Present [Paperback]

Willis Barnstone , Tony Barnstone

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  • Paperback: 1990 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Macmillan (11 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0023060654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0023060656
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.3 x 6.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,564,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Presents excerpts of works, biographical profiles of authors, bibliographies, and annotations explaining obscure references in the texts.

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The Best World Literature in the Best Literary Translations.

This book is suitable both for the general reader and for courses in Asian Literature, African Literature, Latin American Literature, World Literature, and Non-Western Literature. It is also an excellent reader for Creative Writing courses at the beginning and at the advanced levels. This extraordinary anthology gathers together a broad selection of representative, authoritative writings -- spanning antiquity to the present -- from the non-Western civilizations of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. It combines extensive introductions, headnotes, and bibliographies with excellent literary translations of the best contemporary and classical writers. The selections reflect literary, religious, and philosophical traditions and reveal -- despite cultural differences -- the universality of life experiences.


Provides substantial and representative selections -- featuring translations chosen with particular care with regard to literary quality.

Includes a thorough general introduction, section introductions, and extensive headnotes that provide broad and specific contexts for the literary texts.

Arranges selections into sections that represent cultural and national distinctions, and sub-sections that represent major cultural areas.

Presents selections chronologically within each section.

Orders sections to reveal models of cultural influence from section to section.

Includes primary literary genres and forms (poetry, fiction, and drama) as well as key religious, philosophical, historical, aesthetic, biographical, and political texts that have literary merit.

Features an extensive selection of Pre-Columbian and Post-Columbian oral and written literature in Native American languages.

Charts in detail the chronology of major movements between nations and cultures of each continental division -- linguistic, literary, political, and religious.

Contains up-to-date bibliographies.

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5.0 out of 5 stars covers a lot of ground in short sections 19 Sep 2011
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the book is great for learning a little bit about a lot of topics. The stories are interesting as well.
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The book alone saved me $100+ on textbooks, thanks.
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