Summer 2019 - WL 303 D100

Global Culture and Its Discontents (4)

Class Number: 5873

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SWH 10051, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Explores the tendencies of globalization in the cultural realm, which while sparking cross-border communication, also tends to flatten identities into a coercive global norm. Focuses on writing in contexts of political oppression, digital communities, censorship, cultural displacement, terrorism and/or warfare. Breadth-Humanities.

COURSE DETAILS:



the rhythm of the city
: URBAN LITERATURE’S ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS   

This course addresses the violent displacements & conflicts of global modernity through urban culture.  Focusing upon the rhythms of urban existence and the everyday spaces of contemporary world fiction, it explores the dynamics of the “world city” through the lenses of performance & ecology.   

Following a brief investigation of city life in the New Wave cinemas of Japan, France, and the United States, our readings move from Teju Cole’s celebrated narrative of New York to Shroff’s stories of escape and discontent in modern Mumbai, Woolf’s modernist take on London, Toussaint’s exploration of a French couple cracking up in postmodern Shanghai, and José Eduardo Agualusa’s brilliant evocation of the war torn African capital, Luanda. 

 

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

LEARNING OUTCOMES:            

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.

Grading

  • Short Essay 20%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Participation 15%
  • Group Presentation 15%
  • Term Paper 30%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Teju Cole. Open City. Random House.
ISBN: 978-0812980097

Murzban Shroff. Breathless in Bombay (stories). St. Martin's Griffin.
ISBN: 978-0312372705

J-P Toussaint.  Running Away (novella)  Dalkey
ISBN: 978-1564785671

Virginia Woolf.  Jacob’s Room   Oxford Classics
ISBN: 978-0199536580

J Eduardo Agualusa. A General History of Oblivion. Archipelago.
ISBN: 978-0914671312

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