ENGL 206
We Aren't The World: "Global" Literature in the 20th Century Spring 2018
Division I Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
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An eighteenth-century diplomat once referred to the British colonies as a “vast empire on which the sun never set,” and at the time he was right. The British controlled an enormous portion of the globe for nearly three centuries, from the Caribbean to South Asia, from Oceania to Africa. Alongside exploitation and material plunder, another outcome of this vast empire was the creation of a rich tradition of English language literature from around the globe, often in defiance of colonial power. This course will introduce students to non-Western English language novels and poetry of the twentieth century, and explore how writers from formerly colonized places have used literary forms like the bildungsroman, national allegory, and testimony to reshape conversations about imperialism, nationalism, gender, capital, culture, globalization, aesthetics, and politics. Readings will include novels, poetry, short stories, and essays by writers like Rudyard Kipling, Jamaica Kincaid, Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie, Joseph Conrad, J.M. Coetzee, Chimamanda Adichie, Derek Walcott, V.S. Naipaul, and Arundhati Roy. We Aren’t the World both interrogates and satisfies the Exploring Diversity requirement.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3791
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: one close reading assignment (3-4 pages), two papers of 5- to 6-pages each, and a final research paper of 8-10 pages
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pas/fail basis
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preferences: first- and second-year students, and English majors who have yet to take a Gateway course
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Attributes: ASAM Related Courses
ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses
ENGL Literary Histories C

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