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.