This series was launched by the ICLA in 1967. It is based on two fundamental premises. First of all, the writing of literary histories confined to specific nations, peoples, or languages must be complemented by the writing of literary history that coordinates related or comparable phenomena from an international point of view. Secondly, it is almost impossible for individual scholars to write such comprehensive histories, which implies we must now rely on structured teamwork drawing collaborators from different nations. The series is under the supervision of a coordinating editorial committee consisting of sixteen scholars from various countries (ICLA Coordinating Committee).