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Writers on Education

In this collection, originally featured in the November 2014 issue of Words Without Borders, we celebrate the launch of our new education site, WWB Campus, with three essays on the discovery of literature. Mexico’s Valeria Luiselli recalls learning to read in an alienating Seoul, China’s Can Xue juggles fairy tales and Marxism, and Abdel-Moneim Ramadan reflects on a poetic education.

“The Fair-haired Princess” and Serious Literature
By Can Xue
An advanced modern reader acts like a detective.
Translated from Chinese by Karen Gernant & Chen Zeping
Building a New World
By Valeria Luiselli
Perhaps language, especially written and read, acquaints time with space.
Walt Whitman and Me: Notes on a Poetic Education
By Abdel-Moneim Ramadan
I was possessed by memory and forgetfulness and by Arabic poetry.
Translated from Arabic by Michael Beard & Adnan Haydar