The idea of strangeness is often seen as an intrinsic value to literature and art. It suggests mystery, a larger world, something to discover. On the other hand, strangeness is also considered an obstacle for reading world literature. References that do not make sense, worlds that need to be opened, genres that are unfamiliar. In this talk, I will approach the theme of strangeness and world literature from three perspectives: circulation of works, formal techniques, and strangeness as a subversive cultural foundation.