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Author: Rachel Sandoval
Title: David Rothenberg and Wandee J. Pryor's Writing the World: On Globalization
Publication info: Ann Arbor, MI: MPublishing, University of Michigan Library
September 2005

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Source: David Rothenberg and Wandee J. Pryor's Writing the World: On Globalization
Rachel Sandoval

vol. 8, no. 2, September 2005
Article Type: Book Review

Writing the World: On Globalization

Rachel Sandoval

University of California, Irvine

Writing the World: On Globalization.  Edited by David Rothenberg and Wandee J. Pryor.  Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005.  xvii + 250 p.  ISBN 0262182459.  $34.95.

In Writing the World: On Globalization, editors David Rothenberg and Wandee J. Pryor have replaced the statistical analysis that has been so prevalent in globalization rhetoric with artistic and humanistic expression. The book is a collections of art, essays, prose, poems, and stories whose hope is to challenge the negative perceptions of the concept of globalization.

The editors state in the forward that they do not want to retell the familiar, important and frightening aspects of the economic and competitive nature of globalization that is too often the reference point in measuring progress. Instead they want to expand on the idea of the global village where individuals come into contact with one another and are compelled to look past the competitive principles that have driven the corporate attitude of cultural imperialism in the past.

The experiences of the authors demonstrate how cultural exchange is taking place in our increasingly interconnected world. Lorrinda Khan’s “Honey, Sugar and Rose” and Edie Meidav’s “Furbi” both relate the events that lead the protagonists to marry someone from another country. Also intertwined are the historical and modern biases of others to these relationships. These two stories exemplify what the editors of the volume hope to accomplish: “see our countries and our sensibilities as binding threads that stitch the world together.”

In the changing and increasingly linked world, electronic communication also has had the potential to create positive relationships among diverse and physically separate people. “The Globalization of Evil: Words from Baghdad and Belgrade” is an intimate look at the email correspondence between a Muslim Iraqi and a Christian Serbian. Nuha al Radi and Jasmina Resanovic reveal to each other their vision of the world and its histories – though from two distinct women, their vision is parallel.

The editors have done an outstanding job in assembling this collection. The stories, poems and artwork show the promise of interconnectivity that lets us share our cultures. The accounts in the book illustrate that globalization is not strictly North to South, but also West to East; where García Márquez’ Macondo materializes in Wali’s Basra.