What is the value, function, and future of literary studies? These questions have been the subject of intense debate in recent years, reflecting a widespread feeling among academics that the discipline of literary studies is in a state of crisis. This review article takes a critical look at four recent essays on the subject from Scandinavian and French scholars, and looks at how the present situation of literary studies is described and explained, and which changes are suggested to improve it.

Keywords: Literature, language, literary studies, crisis