Fall 2015 - WL 201 D100
Class Number: 7158
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 13, 2015
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Prerequisites:Three units in World Literature or three units of B-Hum designated courses.
Explores the relationship between Eastern and Western narratives. The focus may include the mutual influence of Eastern and Western cultural traditions and modernities, the construction of the 'East' in the West and of the 'West' in the East, theories of Orientalism and Occidentalism, and forms of East/West syncretism. Breadth-Humanities.
EAST IS WEST:
Humanism, Hybrid Cultures, & the Tropics
This course probes the tensions arising from fictionalized attempts to synthesize national and cultural spaces of understanding along the tropical fringes of the East/West divide. While our focus will be on the effect cultural blending has on fictional characters - how individuals are changed by their new surroundings - we will also look at the ways in which global modernity has been synthesized across the “Eastern” half of the globe. More pointedly, because transnational individuals simultaneously belong to more than one society, we will explore what happens when a hybrid ‘grammar of identity’ does not take.
Other critics tend have tended to observe that transnationalism produces cultures in which individuals and authorities lose their ‘grip’ on the differences between Western and Eastern modes of identity, complicating the process by which individuals might be considered free agents. As we shall see from five celebrated short novels, the problems of cultural synthesis are not limited to Western encounters with a tropical East, but can also extend to the movement of peoples and ideas to and from South East Asia, India, and Japan.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Comprehension of World Literature as a field practice.
- Continuing development of the terms & concepts of cultural criticism.
- Awareness of South East Asia as a literary domain.
- Introductory understanding of literary and cultural hybridity
- Short Essay 20%
- Group Presentation & Report 15%
- Term Paper & Revision 25%
- Participation 15%
- Final Exam 25%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
TEXTS: [SFU BOOKSTORE]
Joseph CONRAD An Outcast of the Islands Oxford 0199554633
TANIZAKI Junichiro Naomi Vintage 0375724745
Pramoedya Ananta TOER This Earth of Mankind Vintage 0140256350
Amitav GHOSH The Shadow Lines Mariner 061832996X
Lan CAO Monkey Bridge Penguin 0140263616
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