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Literary study is not limited to the study of English literature, or English-language literature alone. With World Literature Collection, scholars have access to more than 70,000 texts by authors of over 65 nationalities—from Germany to Jamaica, and from Venezuela to Vietnam--that build upon 1,000 years of established Anglophone literary tradition with works in Spanish, French, Dutch, and Papiamento, to name a few. Texts appear in both the author’s native language, and frequently in English for easy analysis.

The collection provides an exciting look at the interplay of literary traditions where influences as disparate as the Mahabharata and Charles Dickens are evident in the same piece, such as The Tamarind Tree, by Romen Basu. Postmodern literary techniques help tell ancient stories, and contemporary political parables are teased out of classic epics from the oral tradition. Some authors use formal English, while others play with the boundaries of language, merging English prefixes with local words or phrases, or writing English in the cadences of local languages.