Fall 2022 - WL 303 D100

Global Culture and Its Discontents (4)

Class Number: 7331

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 2104, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.



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.


“The other shore” : Cultural Displacement & the Consolations of Art

Despite the ever-present human capacity to project some safer shore through art, film, & literary production, feelings of dislocation are no less likely in an era of conflict, diaspora, orientalism, and exile. Indeed, as the term cultural displacement suggests, one does not need to leave home to suffer the global condition – one can also become lost in translation or discover that one’s inherited traditions and moralities no longer reflect the possibility of forming an integrated self. At the same time, change can lead to discovery and renewal, to the promise of new life and the formation of new communities.

This interdisciplinary course looks at world cinema, images, and literature in order to examine how art can capture both the displacements and the consolations of finding oneself in a new place, even where such places exist primarily in the imagination. In short, we explore the challenges of human becoming in an era defined by replaceability and revolution as much as by one’s racial, ethnic, or sexual identities.


  • Understanding the place of exile and dislocation in literary studies.
  • Continuing comprehension of terms & concepts of cultural comparison.
  • Awareness of cultural displacement as an area of literary study.


  • Attendance and Participation 15%
  • Short Paper 20%
  • Poetry Response 10%
  • Class Test 20%
  • Short Presentation 5%
  • Term Paper 30%




  • Claire de Duras, Ourika, 1823
  • Alejo Carpentier, The Kingdom of this World, 1949
  • Damon Galgut, In a Strange Room, 2010
  • Negar Djavadi, Disoriental, 2016
  • Anosh Irani, Translated from the Gibberish, 2019



  • Alain Resnais, Hiroshima mon Amour, 1959
  • Ousmane Sembène, Moolaadé, 2004


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