Spring 2021 - HUM 309 D100

Literatures and the Arts Across Cultures (4)

Class Number: 7122

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

An interdisciplinary study of literary texts in translation and/or art forms across cultures and periods. Students may repeat this course for further credit under a different topic. Students with credit for HS 309 or WL 309 under this topic, or HS 303 under the title "Reflection on the Greek Civil War" may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course examines literary works based on 20th c. European civil wars. It succinctly surveys three paradigms (Spanish, Greek and Yugoslav) by initially making references to the historical background in order to study literary works emerging from different national contexts with a focus on an individual’s reflection on civil war. It subsequently addresses themes that emerge from this examination, e.g. gender, identity, sameness/difference, memory, fact and fiction. In the process, references and comparisons are made to artistic and filmic representations of civil war in the given cultural contexts.

Grading

  • Participation 15%
  • Presentation 15%
  • Take Home Exam 35%
  • Term Paper 35%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Hemingway, E. 1995. For Whom the Bell Tolls. New York: Scribner. ISBN 9780684803357

Orwell, G. 2000. Homage to Catalonia. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 9781604443493

Kazantzakis, N. 1985. The Fratricides. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9780571105069 (purchase online)

Valtinos, T. The Descent of the Nine. 1973. (available online/ JSTOR)

Sacco, J. 2000. Safe area GoraĹžde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995. Fantagraphics Books. ISBN 9781560974703

Todorovic, D. The Book of Revenge: A Blues for Yugoslavia. Random House. 2006. 9780679313977


RECOMMENDED READING:

Glenny M. 1996. The fall of Yugoslavia: The Third Balkan War (3rd ed., revised). London: Penguin Books.

Preston, P. 2009. We saw Spain die: foreign correspondents in the Spanish Civil War (revised and expanded edition). London: Constable and Robinson.

Benson, F. R. 1967. Writers in Arms: The Literary Impact of the Spanish Civil War. New York, NY: New York University Press.

Close, D. H. (ed.). 1993. The Greek Civil War, 1943–1950: Studies of Polarisation. New York: Routledge.

Gareth, T. 1990. The Novel of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1975). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Halpern, J. M. and Kideckel, D. A. (eds). 2000. Neighbors at War: Anthropological Perspectives on Yugoslav Ethnicity, Culture and History. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press.

McDonald, S., Holden, P., and Ardener, S. (eds.). 1987. Images of Women in Peace and War. Oxford: Macmillan.

Woodhouse, C. M. 1985. Apple of Discord: a Survey of recent Greek Politics in their International Setting.Reston, Va.: W. B. O'Neill.


Registrar Notes:

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TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2021

Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

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