COMP 335
The Aesthetics of Transnationalism in American Literature Fall 2014
Division I Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed COMP 335 / ENGL 425 / AMST 340
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Transnationalism describes the continuous flow of goods, people, and ideas within the agitated dynamics of a globalized and modern world. Typically, research in transnational American Studies promotes investigations of American culture in its myriad appropriations in local and specific contexts on a global scale by defining borders as permeable and flexible. But how does transnationalism become visible on the level of textual aesthetics? We will be looking at aesthetic representations of transnationalism in a select body of narrative texts from the American Revolution to 9/11: Olaudah Equiano;s The Interesting Narrative (1789); Susan Warner’s The Wide, Wide World (1859); Henry James’ Daisy Miller, A Study (1899); James Baldwin’s Another Country (1962); Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy (1990); Cristina García’s Monkey Hunting (2003); and Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2006). This course fulfills the critical theorization theme for the Exploring Diversity Initiative through its comparative analysis of scholarship and literature on transnationalism American identity. It invites students to re-think present and historical concepts of American identity by tracing senses of self which are not confined within national borders.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 10
Class#: 2050
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: papers (2-page theory part; 6 to 8-page draft; 15-page full essay); in-class peer-review activity; in-class presentation of paper project on a text we discussed in class; class participation.
Enrollment Preferences: if the course is over-enrolled, preference will be given to American Studies and Comparative Literature majors
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 335 Division I ENGL 425 Division I AMST 340 Division II

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