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C LIT 240 H: Writing In Comparative Literature

Meeting Time: 
MW 12:30pm - 2:20pm
BHQ B102
Xiqing Zheng

Additional Details:

In this class we will mainly read fiction written after the end of the 19th Century till recent, from the English speaking world, China, and Japan, based on the theme of the imagination of the ―Others‖ in the process of globalization and modernization. In addition, several films will be screened. The Chinese and Japanese texts will be in translation, but you are welcomed to find the original texts and read if you have the language ability. We will examine relevant issues including the dilemma between ―modernization‖ and ―Westernization‖ for East Asian countries. We will also introduce some basic theoretical readings of Said‘s Orientalism. The readings will include from Lao She‘s Mr. Ma and Son, Tanizaki Junichirô‘s Naomi, to the cyberpunk sci-fi of Geoff Ryman‘s Air, etc. Film titles will include David Cronenberg‘s M. Butterfly and Dai Sijie‘s Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, etc. In the process of class discussion, student presentations, short response papers, and collaborative editing, students will learn to convey an argument or analysis of literary works in a clear, effective, and creative manner.

Catalog Description: 
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.
GE Requirements Met: 
English Composition (C)
Writing (W)
Other Requirements Met: 
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:18am