‘Metaphors of reading’ asks—What is comparative literature? How does it differ from literature? And why and how does one become a comparatist? Almost every comparatist has a different idea of how and what to compare, and a different set of priorities. The only consensus is on the inherent instability of the term. This instability is the very essence of comparative literature. By looking at literature comparatively one realizes how much can be learned by looking beyond one’s own tradition; one discovers more not only about other literatures, but also about one’s own; and one participates in the great utopian dream of understanding the way cultures interact.