Svend Erik Larsen, former member of the ICLA Committee on Literary Theory, published the book Literature and the Experience of Globalization: Texts without Borders. Larsen explores how writers from Shakespeare through Goethe to Isak Dinesen, J.M. Coetzee, Amitav Ghosh, and Bruce Chatwin engage with the human dimensions of globalization. Through a wide range of close readings, he brings contemporary world literature approaches to bear on cross-cultural experiences of migration and travel, translation, memory, history, and embodied knowledge. The book, published by Bloomsbury, comes a decade after the Danish-language edition, Tekster uden grænser: Litteratur og globalisering (Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2007).
Matthew Reynolds, member of the ICLA Committee on Literary Theory, has co-edited, with Nicola Gardini, Adriana X. Jacobs, Ben Morgan, and Mohamed-Salah Omri, Minding Borders: Resilient Divisions in Literature, the Body and the Academy. Published in “Transcript,” a Legenda book series edited by Reynolds, the volume, far from celebrating the crossing of borders, or dreaming of their abolition, traces their troubling and yet generative resilience; the contributors range comparatively across geography, politics, cultural circulation, creativity, and the structuration of academic disciplines, hoping that the analysis of borders in one domain may illuminate their workings in another.