The volume is the first annual of CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, a thematic volume with selected papers from material published in the journal in volumes 1.1-4 of 1999 and 2.1-4 of 2000. The papers are with focus on theories and histories of comparative literature and the emerging field of comparative cultural studies. Contributors are Kwaku Asante-Darko on African postcolonial literature, Hendrik Birus on Goethe’s concept of world literature, Amiya Dev on comparative literature in India, Marian Galik on interliterariness, Ernst Grabovszki on globalization, new media, and world literature, Jan Walsh Hokenson on the culture of the context, Marko Juvan on literariness, Karl S.Y. Kao on metaphor, Kristof Jacek Kozak on comparative literature in Slovenia, Manuela Mourao on comparative literature in the USA, Jola Skulj on cultural identity, Slobodan Sucur on period styles and theory, Peter Swirski on popular and highbrow literature, Antony Tatlow on textual anthropology, William H. Thornton on East/West power politics in cultural studies, Steven Totosy on comparative cultural studies, and Xiaoyi Zhou and Q.S. Tong on comparative literature in China. The papers are followed by a bibliography of scholarship in comparative literature and cultural studies, compiled by Steven Totosy, Steven Aoun, and Wendy C. Nielsen and an index.