Spring 2020 - WL 100 D100

What is World Literature? (3)

Class Number: 5416

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 5030, Burnaby

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Explores how texts travel beyond their cultures of origin, influence other cultural contexts and ideas, and become works of world literature. Introduces the concepts of cross-cultural literary criticism and translation. Breadth-Humanities.

COURSE DETAILS:




FICTION has long investigated what it is to move from place to place along with one’s social & political settings, but what of the movement of our feelings? Beginning from Euripides classic dramatization of the threatening boundaries between public virtues and private passions, we learn to see how the problem of the self in WORLD LITERATURE acquires new metaphors as it travels from place to place.  Following our introduction to the ethics of the body, we explore Oyono’s century-old novella of race and hypocrisy in Africa; Eileen Chang’s Hong Kong stories; Marguerite Duras’s exploration of love across racial lines; &, lastly, we view the contemporary Turkish film Mutluluk (Bliss). Each of our short texts and viewings contemplates how cultural and personal outlooks change when they are forced into the open; and each explores the same question: if ‘language is the main instrument of man’s refusal to accept the world as it is,’ how might crossing boundaries be a way of rebelling against difference?


COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:


  • Introductory understanding of World Literature as a field practice
  • Basic comprehension of terms and concepts of literary criticism
  • Ability to cognize and compare literary texts as social discourses
  • Ability to undertake comparisons across different cultural media  

Grading

  • Participation 15%
  • In-Class Paper 20%
  • Term Paper 30%
  • Presentation 15%
  • Midterm Test 20%

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

FILM [PROVIDED]                     

Mutluluk
                                                   (Bliss) TURKEY 2007

REQUIRED READING:

Hippolytus    Euripides   ( trans. R. Bagg )  Oxford
ISBN: 978-0195072907

Houseboy     Ferdinand Oyono     Waveland 
ISBN: 978-1577669883

Love in a Fallen City          Zhang Ailing / Eileen Chang    NYRB
ISBN: 978-1590171783

The Lover    Marguerite Duras        Pantheon
ISBN: 978-0375700521

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