We Aren't The World: "Global" Literature in the 20th Century
Division I; Writing-Intensive; Difference, Power, and Equity;
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. One outcome of this vast empire was the creation of a rich and diverse literary tradition in the English language–now called Anglophone literature–from far-flung places around the globe. This course will introduce students to select works of global Anglophone literature in the twentieth century, and consider the ways in which writers from around the world have used a variety of literary forms, such as the bildungsroman, national allegory, and testimony, to participate in and reshape conversations about culture, globalization, aesthetics, and politics. Readings will include novels, poetry, short stories, and film by writers including Kipling, Kincaid, Achebe, Rushdie, Conrad, Coetzee, and Roy, among others. The course will expose students to a variety of global English idioms, as well as literary traditions from, or in conversation with, non-Western countries.
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: three short papers, term research essay, presentation, class participation
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 Preference: first- and second-year students, and English majors who have yet to take a Gateway course
Distributions: Division I; Writing-Intensive; Difference, Power, and Equity;
Distribution Notes: DPE: Conceived as an introduction to Global Literature in English, this course will expose students to comparative histories of anticolonialism and decolonization, a variety of postcolonial English idioms, as well as literary traditions from, non-Western traditions. WI: Intensive writing instruction will culminate in 20 total pages of analytic and researched writing.
Attributes: ASAM Related Courses; ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses; ENGL Literary Histories C;
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