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January 05, 2009

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Katy

However Goethe intended the meaning of Weltliteratur, there is a significant wrinkle in Derbyshire's (no relation) logic. He writes:

'You might say that today America (or the "Anglosphere", if you want to include Britain) plays the role that Goethe once envisaged for Germany.'

Yet it plainly is not receptive to literature and debates originally in other languages, rendering Goethe's whole point about providing access to other literatures dead in the water.

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