Study of works in world literature emphasizing a global context. Examples include The Bildungsroman, Representations of the Artist, The Global Avant-Garde, The Great Novel, and Global Science Fiction.
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Spring Semester informationIstvan Csicsery-Ronay
396A: World Lit:Adv Topics: Cinema of the New Silk Road
This course will explore the diverse cultural and cinematic traditions of nations along what is being called the New Silk Road - the new trade and political network being forged from China through Central Asia to Russia and Turkey. We will view and analyze films from China, Mongolia, Turkic Central Asia, Bhutan, Iran, Turkey, and Russia, each of which has developed a strong and distinctive cinematic culture.
396B: World Lit: Advanced Topics: Challenging Borders: Gendered Nationalism in South African Literature and Film
This course explores literary and cinematic representations of borders, identity, and nationalist narratives in the African Diaspora, with specific emphasis on South Africa. Using feminism and postcoloniality as the critical framework, we will consider the colonial legacy of border construction (racially, ethnically, geographically, and across gender) to query: how is identity delineated in African Diaspora cinema and literature, and how do characters challenge borders, both literally and metaphorically? How do South African writers and filmmakers represent/critique tribal allegiances, rural and urban spaces, gendered symbolic representations of the nation, women's reproduction in national mythologies, and the exclusion of ethnic others and other non-conforming citizens? How do health crises, such as the AIDS epidemic, complicate borders politics? Course readings include works by Bessie Head, Richard Rive, Zoe Wicomb, Njabulo Ndebele, and film screenings of African Jim (1949) and Ayanda (2015), to name a few.