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WLIT 215

Topics in World Literature

This course offers close examination of global issues and features in literature, often those at the center of current critical interest. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities 1 course

Fall Semester information

Alejandro Puga

215A: Tps:Mexico City

Mexico City is a team-taught course that stems from the collaborative research of Professors Glen Kuecker (History) and Alejandro Puga (Modern Languages). A central principle of their work on the GLCA Expanding Collaboration Initiative grant, Mapping the Megalopolis, has been abarcar lo inabarcable, that is, seeking to know the unknowable urban form of Mexico City. Kuecker and Puga think that the study of Mexico City, and really any city, requires multiple fields of inquiry. To that end, Kuecker and Puga will put the Mexican urban novel in conversation with urban theory, with a broader goal of reciprocal learning between the humanities and social sciences. We propose the course to be a model for integrated studies essential for 21st century liberal education pedagogy. Discussion will explore how shifts in power order and encode sections of the city, and how spaces of contestation emerge in cycles of ordering, disordering, and re-ordering. Through readings of contemporary fiction and journalistic narrative (cronica), and critical essays that problematize the image of the city, students will develop an appreciation for all narrative and discursive forms involved, and they will engage in a core mission of a liberal education, namely the interaction of supposedly discrete academic fields. Throughout the semester, they will practice both individual and collaborative writing that will culminate in a mini-conference and the online publication of a GIS Story Map.

Spring Semester information

Angela Flury

215A: Topics in World Literature: Artist in World Literature

This course brings together students from DePauw University and Effat University, Jeddaj, Saudi Arabia in a collaborative course. We will study two distinctive prototypes in literature: the figure of Scheherazade, female artist and narrator-as-creator, whose tales keep at bay the sword that would end her life, and the romantic artist who continues to influence contemporary culture.

David Alvarez

215B: Topics in World Literature: What Is A World?