This course is an introduction to world literature. By engaging key theoretical as well as fictional texts, students will gain a better understanding of the potentialities and limitations of the critical concepts that fashion the methodologies of reading in the field of world literature. Through a close analysis of the work of scholars such as Erich Auerbach, Edward Said, David Damrosch, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Alexander Beecroft, Peng Cheah, and Debjani Ganguly, students will learn how to use as well as to critique these reading methodologies while analyzing fictional works.
- Learn the key theoretical concepts that organize the field of world literature.
- Practice using these concepts to analyze works of fiction.
- Develop literary analysis skills, critical reading, thinking, and writing skills, as well their oral presentation skills.
3 hours a week. Class meetings will consist of class discussion, mini-lectures, writing workshops, student-led presentations, and impromptu writing exercises. Reading guides and questions will be provided in class to facilitate class discussions. Because we meet only once a week, attendance is mandatory. Students should organize their reading schedules carefully as high-quality class discussions depend upon completing the readings assigned each week
100% by coursework
Participation (includes attendance, class and group discussion, student-led presentations) 25%
A short, close-reading paper 25%
Plan for final research paper 20%
A research paper 30%
Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies
Benjamín Labatut, When We Cease to Understand the World
** excerpts of various critical, theoretical, and philosophical works will be made available on Moodle**