Fall 2021 - WL 303 D100
Global Culture and Its Discontents (4)
Class Number: 7137
Delivery Method: In Person
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.
In this course, we will examine how food –its production, preparation, and consumption– is utilized in works of fiction to highlight drastic cultural displacement and personal discontent, as well as to hold a mirror up to a globalized world where distinct cultural identities run the risk of collapsing into an anonymous, unstable entity. Among others, we will study the following themes relating to the postmodern subject’s complex relationship with food: body image and eating disorders as articulated in Margaret Atwood’s The Edible Woman; cultural displacement and its ties to national/regional food in Antonio Tabucchi’s Requiem: A Hallucination; the inextricable link between food and memory in Laia Jufresa’s Umami, as well as the moral dimensions of eating an “ethical” diet as expounded by J. M. Coetzee in The Lives of Animals.
- Attendance and Participation 10%
- Oral Report and 5-page paper 20%
- Midterm 15%
- Final Paper (10 pages) 25%
- Final Exam 30%
1) Margaret Atwood, The Edible Woman.
2) Antonio Tabucchi, Requiem: A Hallucination.
3) J. M. Coetzee, The Lives of Animals.
4) Laia Jufresa, Umami.
Additional material will be provided by the instructor.
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