This literature course explores how great writers refract their world and how their works are transformed when they intervene in our global cultural landscape today.
No national literature has ever grown up in isolation from the cultures around it; from the earliest periods, great works of literature have probed the tensions, conflicts, and connections among neighboring cultures and often more distant regions as well.
Focusing particularly on works of literature that take the experience of the wider world as their theme, this course will explore the varied artistic modes in which great writers have situated themselves in the world, helping us to understand the deep roots of today's intertwined global cultures.
Texts/authors considered in the course:
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Homer, The Odyssey
The 1001 Nights
Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red
Wole Soyinka, Death and the King's Horseman
Lu Xun, Diary of a Madman
Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji
Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones
Salman Rushdie and Jhumpa Lahiri
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Ben is taking this course right now, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I enjoyed this course and found it both enriching and enjoyable. Even though having an experience with any of the works discussed or invoked can deepen your understanding of the subject matter, it's by no means a requirement.