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Norma G. Kaminsky
C LIT 240
Seattle Campus

Writing in Comparative Literature

Comparative approach to literature and a workshop in writing comparative papers in English. Emphasis on cross-cultural comparison of literary works. Readings in English with an option to read selected texts in the original languages Offered: AWSp.

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Peripheral Visions: Writing about fiction from South Africa and South America

In this class we will read, discuss, and write about selected 20th century narrative works from South Africa and South America. Authors may include Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges, Nadine Gordimer, and J. M. Coetzee. We will inquire about the specific historical and geographical contexts that inform these works, and about the sense of place implicit or explicit in them. Through class discussion, student presentations, frequent short response papers, and collaborative editing, students will gradually build essay-writing skills that will enable them to communicate arguments and analyses of literary works in a clear, effective, and creative manner.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Norma G. Kaminsky
Date: 05/22/2012