Fall 2015 - WL 104W D100
Modern World Literature (3)
Class Number: 6772
Delivery Method: In Person
Surveys poetry and prose from the seventeenth century to the present, with a focus on the literary exploration of issues of humanity. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.
Self, Society, and the Crisis of the Modern
This course explores how the individual human “subject” becomes problematic in the period of literary Modernism, an era of turbulent historical, technological, cultural and revolutionary change around the first years of the 20th Century.
Working from Shakespeare’s most famous exploration of self-consciousness, we turn to August Strindberg’s drama concerning the political & sexual fault lines of feminism (1888), Lao She’s parable about innocence in corrupt Chinese society (1937), social resistance to the feminine in Rhys’s account of a British West Indian woman in London (1934), and Anand’s portrait of the moral consciousness of an outcaste youth in pre-independence India (1935).
We will also watch screen versions of several of these texts as a way of exploring how the image of the individual carries ethical weight in global culture.
Note: as a “W” course: students have the opportunity to revise written work for a higher grade. The skills learned throughout the term help students with their written work throughout SFU.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Introductory understanding of World Literature as a field practice
- Continuing comprehension of terms and concepts of literary criticism
- Familiarity with core themes of Modernist studies
- Ability to cognize & compare literary texts as cultural representations
- Short Essay & Revision 10 + 10%
- Term Paper & Revision 20 + 20%
- Presentation & Participation 15%
- Final Exam 25%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
TEXTS: [SFU BOOKSTORE]
Shakespeare Hamlet Oxford 978-0199535811
August Strindberg Miss Julie & Other Plays Oxford 978-0199538041
Lao She Rickshaw Boy Harper 978-0061436925
Jean Rhys Voyage in the Dark Penguin Classics 978-0141183954
Mulk Raj Anand Untouchable Penguin Classic 978-0140183955
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