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ENG 396

World Literature: Advanced Topics

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.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities- or -International Experience 1 course

Spring Semester information

Istvan 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.


Karin Wimbley

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 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 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? What parallels can we draw between the Rhodes Must Fall and Fees Must Fall movements in South Africa to Black Lives Matter in the U.S.? Course texts include fiction, poetry, political essays, including works by Steve Biko, Bessie Head, Zoe Wicomb, and Zakes Mda, and several films directed by South African filmmakers, including screenings of Tsotsi (2005), U-Carmen eKhayelitsha (2005), and Ayanda and the Mechanic (2015), to name a few.

This course is taught in conjunction with Dr. Agata Szczeszak-Brewer from Wabash College and will include sustained collaboration with Wabash students through a shared website and occasional joint sessions and film screenings.

Crosslisted in English, Africana Studies, Film Studies, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.