Summer 2019 - WL 104W D100
Modern World Literatures (3)
Class Number: 3080
Delivery Method: In Person
Introduces ways of comparing modern world literatures across time and space. May explore topics such as revolution, technology, or existentialism. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.
MODERNITY’S MIRROR : SELF, SOCIETY, AND THE CRISIS OF THE MODERNDuring the global upheavals of the early 20th century, the way in which human identity was understood and depicted was upended along with traditional notions of human consciousness. Looking back at this era of turbulent historical, technological, & cultural change, this interdisciplinary course explores how literature and art helped to develop new concepts of self & society.
In order to understand what had changed, we begin with the “theatrical” dream life of that tormented outsider, Hamlet. By following his story through film & literature, we learn to see how solitude becomes a force for change in modernity. Pursued by the spectre of Hamlet’s self-interrogating presence, we turn to Strindberg’s play on the fault lines of class, feminism, & the individual (Miss Julie 1888), Hamsun’s narrative of love and natural beauty in the Norwegian Northlands (Pan 1894), and Mulk Raj Anand’s portrait of an outcaste youth in pre-independence India (Untouchable 1935). In order to deepen our comprehension of how the “image” of the individual carries ethical weight, we will also screen Satyajit Ray’s classic film Pather Panchali, a famous 1930s Shanghai feature, The Goddess (神女), and a recent staging of “Miss Julie.”
nb This is an SFU writing course: skills learned throughout the term will help students with written work in all faculties.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Introductory understanding of World Literature as a field practice
Basic comprehension of terms and concepts of literary criticism and the modernist era
Starting ability to analyze aesthetic forms across different cultural eras & media
Improved university writing ability with focus on cultural criticism
- Short Essay + Revision 10 + 15%
- Term Paper + Revision 20 + 15%
- Short Presentation 5%
- Participation 10%
- Mid Term Exam 25%
- NO FINAL EXAM
Shakespeare. Hamlet. Oxford.
August Strindberg. Miss Julie & Other Plays. Oxford.
Mulk Raj Anand. Untouchable. Penguin Classic.
Jean Rhys. Voyage in the Dark Penguin Classic
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