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This Introduction argues for the ongoing relevance of “global” to eighteenth-century, postcolonial, and Comparative Literature scholarship. It assesses the development of critical global studies since the 2000s and calls for further linguistic, cultural, and geographic diversity and representation on eighteenth-century academic panels, in particular those sponsored by the Modern Languages Association. The five essays included in this Critical Conversation emerged from a roundtable panel on “Globalizing 18th-century Literary History” organized for the Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, 18th-Century Forum at the MLA Conference in Austin, 2016. Scholars from the fields of Arabic, Japanese, German, and African studies reflect on the states and stakes of translation, literary, and genre history from non-Anglo perspectives.