Fall 2015 - WL 310 D100
Text and Context (3)
Class Number: 7160
Delivery Method: In Person
Intermediate seminar on selected literary texts in relation to their social, historical, cultural, or theoretical contexts.
THE RHYTHM OF THE CITY:
The Global Performance of Urban Literature
While we begin with one of the first cities on the planet, and end with the chaotic modernity of today’s Shanghai and New York, the core of the course concerns efforts to read the rhythms of urban existence and everyday space as found in contemporary world fiction. Combining recent fictions of velocity and transformation with theorizations of the city as an “ecology of flows”, our investigations will treat the urban experience as central to human societies and cultures in modernity. In brief, via stories and short novels that set the city in motion along with the sometimes feverish imaginings of his its inhabitants, the metropolitan scene will be analyzed as an arena that acts upon its human inhabitants.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Understanding Urban & Human Geography in relation to Literature.
- Continuing comprehension of terms & concepts of cultural criticism.
- Awareness of the urban scene as a literary domain.
- Comprehension of literary and cultural performativity.
- Short Essay 20%
- Group Presentation & Report 15%
- Midterm Exam 20%
- Term Paper 30%
- Participation 15%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
TEXTS: [SFU BOOKSTORE]
Virginia Woolf Mrs. Dalloway Penguin Mod Classics 0141182490
Don DeLillo Cosmopolis Scribner 0743244257
J-P Toussaint Running Away (novella) Dalkey Arichive Press 156478567X
Murzban Shroff Breathless in Bombay (stories) St. Martin's Griffin 0312372701
Murong Xuecun Leave me alone: Chengdu Make Do Publishing 9881841933
Class materials will include excerpts from: The Epic of Gilgamesh Gilgamesh [trans. D. Ferry] FSG 978-0374523831 / Georg Simmel / Henri Lefebvre / Konstantin Cavafy / Lawrence Durrell / Siegfried Kracauer / Italo Calvino / Mongane Wally Serote / Gilles Deleuze / Michel de Certeau / Joe Moran / Kawabata Yasunari
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