David Damrosch was interviewed by Wang Ning at the Fifth Sino-American Symposium on Comparative Literature, held in Shanghai, August 2010. The conversation brings together two eminent scholars of comparative literature from the East and West. Wang Ning began by asking the status of world literature in an age of proliferating new media and popular culture. I think you must have made some new Chinese friends and got acquainted with new readers and critics and university students during your visit to Shanghai. Since you are now well-known in China for your remarkable books, What Is World Literature? and How to Read World Literature?, both of which will be published soon in Chinese, Chinese readers will regard you as a pioneering figure in promoting world literature in such an age of globalization. Would you please comment on the significance of world literature in an age of globalization, when literature is often reported to be "dead" and literary study is severely challenged by the rise of popular culture and consumer culture in postmodern societies?