This volume investigates outstanding figures and configurations of literary and cultural multilingualism on a transcontinental and on a global scale. Its first focus is on the both subcontinental and transcontinental Indies, on the oxymoronic figure of East West India and on the stirring 'relations through words' in Luso-Afro-Indian, Anglo-Indian and Indo-European areas. The second focus is on the cross-cultural configuration of East and West shaped by some striking Sino-European and Sino-American events in early modern and modern times. A third issue concerns the glocal and globoglot 'people of paper' in a contemporary Californian town, and, last the all-embracing, all-devouring ouroboros and other multi-lingual ophidians.
Subha Chakraborty Dasgupta is a former Professor of Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University (Kolkata, India). She also served as Visiting Faculty at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and at the University of Delhi.
K. Alfons Knauth is Professor emeritus of Romance Philology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany) and was Chairman of the Research Committee "Mapping Multilingualism in World Literature" (2007 - 2013) within the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA/AILC).