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ENGL1024 - Topics in world literature
Instructor(s)
Semester
2020-2021 First Semester
Credits
6.00
Contact Hours per week
3
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Thursday , 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm , CPD-LG.18
Prerequisite
A minimum Level 5 in English Language HKDSE exam, or an equivalent score in another recognized English proficiency test.

This course introduces students to the concept and practice of world literature. It seeks to understand world literature not as a collection of national literary canons created in different linguistic and cultural locations, but as a field of knowledge about literature as a cross-cultural and translingual system of production and circulation. We will read a selection of seminal statements on world literature and discuss the historical formation of world literature: its methodology and scope, its politics and limitations, in close relation to forms and forces of globalization.

 

Topics

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Possible definitions of world literature
  • The (im)possibility of a world literary canon
  • How literature circulates across borders, including ideas of influence, plagiarism and translation
  • Bilingual writing, linguistic power dynamics, and the relationship between major/minor languages
  • Intercultural and interlinguistic encounters in world literature
  • Global, multinational and delocalized fictions

 

Objectives

This course aims to introduce students to a variety of topics in world literature. During the course, students will discuss key theories of world literature through a range of theoretical and fictional texts, including a novel, a novella, short stories, and a graphic novel. They will learn to consider literature as a global phenomenon and cross-cultural product and will develop a multicultural and cross-cultural appreciation of literary motifs and genres. Students will develop an analytical framework and a critical language for their study of works of world literature, and will learn to analyze texts thematically, comparatively and through close reading.

 

Organisation

We will meet once a week for three hours. The first two hours will be a combination of lectures, group discussions and pair work. The final hour will be a tutorial, during which students will have the opportunity to discuss the set texts in more depth and practice their skills in close reading and literary analysis. More information on the make-up of these sessions will be available on Moodle before the course begins.

 

Assessment

Assessment (100% coursework):

Participation (includes attendance, in-class discussions, and pre-class preparation exercises): 20%
Mid-term paper: 25%
End-term essay (1800 - 2000 words): 45%

 

Texts

To be purchased in advance:

Hamid, Mohsin: Exit West (2017)
Tan, Shaun: The Arrival (2006)

Other texts for study will be made available on Moodle. These will include:

Several versions of ‘Cinderella’
Extracts from The Odyssey
Extracts from The Penelopiad (Margaret Atwood)
Short stories by Bernardo Atxaga and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Extracts from World Literature: A Reader (Routledge)


Instructor(s)
Semester
2020-2021 First Semester
Credits
6.00
Contact Hours per week
3
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Thursday , 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm , CPD-LG.18
Prerequisite
A minimum Level 5 in English Language HKDSE exam, or an equivalent score in another recognized English proficiency test.