Fall 2017 - WL 410 D100
Selected Topic in World Literature I (4)
Class Number: 5079
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
1 778 782-9595
Prerequisites:60 units including two 300 level courses in World Literature, English, and/or Humanities.
Advanced seminar on a topic in World Literature. This course may be repeated for credit when different topics are offered.
The word landscape can mean different things. We think of it as a particular terrain, a mental geography, or a view of the countryside as seen in paintings and photographs. In this course, landscape implies an aesthetic representation of a place, including not only an individual’s view onto it, but the way it feels – an artistic impression of what “being there” means in ecological and existential terms.
But landscapes are also impacted by cultural and ideological factors: they can imply systems of power and control, or underwrite powerful religious or community associations. From Virgil’s pastoral explorations of love & death in the countryside, through mystical evocations of the Australian outback to recent “topographies” of race & culture in southern Africa or the French Caribbean, we will watch how global environments become cultural battlegrounds while learning to construct an earth-centred perspective onto the aesthetics of place. In addition, watching Taylor Swift’s mock “safari” video alongside global cinema, students will learn to interrogate the natural & the civilized as categories pressed upon imperial lands.
- Short Essay 20%
- Project: Landscape & Art 15%
- Midterm Quiz 20%
- Term Paper 30%
- Participation 15%
John Wiley, Landscape, Routledge 978-0415341448
Virgil, Eclogues & Georgics, Oxford 978-0199554096
Wilma Stockenström, The Expedition to the Baobab Tree, Archipelago 978-1935744924
Patrick White, Voss, Penguin 978-0143105688
Simone Schwarz-Bart, The Bridge of Beyond, NYRB Classics 978-1590176801
FILMS: [provided] Noirs et blancs en couleur / Apocalypse Now / Embrace of the Serpent / Tabu
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