COMP 261
Comparative Postcolonial Narratives: Novels from the Arab World, Latin-America and the Caribbean
Last Offered Spring 2016
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed ARAB 261 / COMP 261
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

In this introductory course to the global postcolonial novel, we will examine novels in translation from the Arab world, Latin America and the Caribbean that are in conversation with each other. Through textual and formal analysis of selected novels in translation, we will ask questions concerning the legacy of the different forms of European colonialism in these distinct geographies. This course has two goals: First, to familiarize students with classical, canonical and popular Arabic, Latin American and Caribbean novels that deal with the history of European colonialism and/or its aftermath. Second, to introduce student to some of the critical trends and theoretical debates concerning the potential and limits of reading these novels as resistance and/or postcolonial literature. In addition to selected critical essays, the readings for this course may include novels by the following writers: Assia Djebar (Algeria), Gamal al-Ghitani (Egypt), Sahar Khalifah (Palestine), Tayyib Saleh (Sudan), Alejo Carpentier (Cuba), Rosario Castellanos (Mexico), Jamaica Kincaid (Antigua), and Gabriel GarcĂ­a Marquez (Colombia).
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 3365
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, three short papers (3-5 pages) and a final 7- to 10-page expansion and rewrite
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: majors or prospective majors in Comparative Literature or Arabic Studies
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARAB
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARAB 261 Division I COMP 261 Division I

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