ENGL 206
We Aren't The World: "Global" Anglophone Literature and the Politics of Literary Language Fall 2019
Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity

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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. 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
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1708
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: four short papers (5 pages), a presentation, and a final research project
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: potential English majors and those who have yet to take a Gateway course
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
WS Notes: Students will write daily in class, submit four short (5-page) and one longer paper (10-page), as well as reading questions before each class. At least one class session per week will center writing skills and revision.
DPE Notes: This course will introduce students to the colonial legacies of literary language politics. Authors represent a range of literary traditions from West Africa to the Caribbean to South and South East Asia and beyond. Class discussion will also focus on issues of gender, race, and class in imperial history and neoimperialism.
Attributes: ASAM Related Courses
ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses
ENGL Literary Histories C

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