World literature is a term used to refer to literature from all over the world. It denotes literature that has been translated into different languages and which can be read by people from many cultures. This type of literature allows readers to gain insight into the thoughts, beliefs and values of another culture. By reading world literature, readers can gain a greater understanding of diverse cultures and how they interact with each other.World literature includes both ancient texts such as Homer’s Odyssey or The Epic of Gilgamesh, as well as modern works such as Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children or Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. World literature encompasses stories, poems, essays and plays from all parts of the globe and in many different languages including English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese. The genres found within world literature range from comedy to tragedy; romance to realism; adventure to fantasy; horror to science fiction; and even children’s books have a place here toofrom Aesop’s Fables to Harry Potter. Each genre serves its own purpose for particular audiences but overall most works engage readers on an emotional level by making them think about important issues such as identity, powerlessness or courage in facing adversityno matter which culture it comes from. In this way world literature helps us appreciate our differences while also uniting us through shared experiencesand this is one thing that will never change no matter what language we speak or country we call home.
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