COMP 352 Fall 2012 Writing after the Disaster: The Literature of Exile

Cross Listed as JWST352, RLSP352
This course will consider different kinds of works (poetry, memoirs, fiction, essay) written by authors forced to live in exile as a consequence of political and/or religious persecution. Our point of departure will be the paradigmatic expulsion and subsequent diaspora of the Jews of Spain and Portugal. Most assignments, however, will be drawn from twentieth century texts written during, or in the wake of, the massive destruction and displacements brought about by the Spanish Civil War and World War II. How is the life lost portrayed? How are the concepts of home and the past intertwined? What kind of life or literature are possible for the deracinated survivor? We will discuss the role of writing and remembrance in relation to political history, as well as in the context of individual survival. Readings might include works by Nu?ez de Reinoso, Leon, Cernuda, Semprun, Benjamin, Nancy, and Blanchot.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in class discussions, an oral presentation, several short writing assignments, a midterm paper and a final paper
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Prerequisites: Comparative Literature 111 or an equivalent English course
Enrollment Preference: majors in Comparative Literature
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or RLSP; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under JWST
Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives,JWST Core Electives
Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1379
COMP352-01(F) SEM Literature of Exile Division 1: Languages and the Arts Soledad Fox
MW 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Hollander 140 1379
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