Gradually, the world is getting smaller. All from different countries and various races are more or less connected with a chain of network.
What is the impact that Literature has on this network building and developing?
Globalisation and literature are clearly very closely interlinked a large number of ways, as now, thanks to globalisation, the works of authors who have previously been unknown are available across the globe. This really helps increase our knowledge and challenge our prejudice to hear the dissident voices that have been sidelined for so long from, for example, African or S. American authors.
I agree with missy575, literature has the ability to provide insight into cultures, regions, midsets, and behaviors that might be radically different from one's own. As our world becomes more and more based on a global economy, it becomes more and more important to be able to see ourselves and our world from multiple points of view. Literature is a first step and most certainly opens doors to doing just that.
I think literature like many arts gives someone a view, perspective, or glimps of a culture or ethnic group. America is a microcosm of this idea because cultures assimilate therein. However, I think even in America we see strong groups clining to a culture from which their roots have brought them, thus you see little Chinatowns or pockets of culture clinging closely together.
Next, literature is a human concept. It doesn't matter where one is from, there is a language that records history. Literature is an artistic form of that history.
When we can receive a translation of an ethnic group's literature, we can better see and understand a culture.
I am not sure if it is literature's impact globalization, or globalization's impact on literature, or a little bit of both. But one thing is sure that there is greater signs of globalization in literature also. The globalization in literature takes several forms. These include:
- Authors of one country writing more on subjects featuring places, and characters from other countries.
- Authors from one country writing in language of, and for the readers of other countries.
- Translation of works in one language in other works.
These developments have taken place because of growing interest of people in matters relating to other countries, which is in part aided by globalization in general. At the same time the increasing globalization of literature has contributed to growing interest in global subjects.