The Language of Community
The dream of a global literary community is not new. But as globalization has not meant greater political or economic equality, cultural cosmopolitanism has not been guaranteed by instant communication and inexpensive travel. These do, however, present significant new opportunities for literary activism.
In a recent New York Times op-ed, author Benjamin Moser talks about the importance of translating literature into English, and the responsibility of English-language writers in advocating for their foreign colleagues.