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ENGL2134 - World literature
Semester
2020-2021 First Semester
Credits
6.00
Contact Hours per week
3
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Friday , 9:30 am - 12:20 pm , CPD-G.02
Prerequisite
Passed 3 introductory courses (with at least one ENGL course under List A and the other one under List B).

This course seeks to convey an understanding of 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. Reading a selection of texts, both fictional and non-fictional, we will discuss the concept and practice of world literature: its genealogy and methodology, its scope and purpose, its politics and limitations, in close relation to forces of globalization.

 

Topics

Nineteenth and twentieth century orientalism; cosmopolitanism; globalization; untranslatability

 

Objectives

By reading significant theoretical influences on the field, from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s to Emily Apter’s works along with primary source texts, we will ask what is lost and who gains when literature transforms into world literature.

 

Learning Outcomes

1) Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concept and practice of World literature;

2) Comprehend significant literary and political issues such as orientalism, untranslatability and cosmopolitanism.

3) Develop a critical vocabulary to conduct literary analysis and discuss issues pertaining to world literature.
 

Organisation

Classroom time comprises of lectures, student presentations and seminar-style discussions. Students are expected to have read the “required readings” before attending class.

 

Assessment

100% coursework, consisting of:

  • Midterm Essay (40%)
  • Final Essay (40%)
  • Participation (20%)

 

Texts

We will read sections of the following texts:

Apter, Emily, ‘Checkpoints and Sovereign Borders’ (2013)

Cálidás, Sacontalá; or, The fatal ring: an Indian drama (1870)

Conversations of Goethe with Eckermann and Soret (1850)

Kanafani, Ghassan, ‘Returning to Haifa’ (2008)

Moretti, Franco ‘Conjectures on World Literature’ (2000)

Said, Edward, Culture and Imperialism (1993)

Viswanathan, Gauri, Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India (2014)
 

Additional texts will be provided via Moodle.


Semester
2020-2021 First Semester
Credits
6.00
Contact Hours per week
3
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Friday , 9:30 am - 12:20 pm , CPD-G.02
Prerequisite
Passed 3 introductory courses (with at least one ENGL course under List A and the other one under List B).