English professor to discuss dynamics of international literature at Friday’s public affairs group

William Marling, professor of English, will lead this week’s Public Affairs Discussion on his new book Gatekeepers: How World Literature Circulates.

We take the fact that we read authors from other countries for granted. But how does that work? How do some works become part of the public sphere of literary culture? In his book, Marling combines an academically critical eye with his long experience in international journalism to shed light on globalization debates. In this week’s discussion, he will illuminate the worlds of culture and commerce in which we live.

The event will take place Friday, Sept. 5, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Dampeer Room of the Kelvin Smith Library.

Since 1989, faculty, emeriti, students and staff have gathered on Fridays for a brown-bag lunch and to discuss topics in public affairs.

For updates and more information about the Friday lunch schedule, visit fridaylunch.case.edu.