C LIT 323
Novels and short stories, from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. Discusses relationship of Western literary genres to an oral literary tradition, as well as issues like colonialism, gender relations, narrative technique, native and non-native languages.
This course will examine the relationship between literature and revolution in the Middle East, North Africa and Latin America, post-War II. The principal works of interest will be drawn from the post-revolutionary period in Egypt and Argentina, though we will also look at several major works (film, painting, sculpture, and literature) from Iraq, the Ivory Coast, and Mexico. Students will be asked to think and write critically about the possibilities and limitations of art in documenting history, the meaning of political transformation to artistic production, criminality, citizenship, and the cultural dynamics of the public sphere.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Follow the Egyptian and Mexican Presidential elections this summer.
Class assignments and grading