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C LIT 321 A: Studies In Literature Of The Americas

Post-European Realism

Meeting Time: 
MW 1:30pm - 3:20pm
SAV 138
Nathaniel Greenberg

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"The central aesthetic problem of realism" wrote Georg Lukács, "is the adequate presentation of the complete human personality." This course exams key works of realism beyond the shores of Europe— from South America in particular with a comparative interest in the Middle East North Africa— and explores how authors from these regions have employed a largely nineteenth century European mode of
writing to capture and define new "complete" personalities in the midst of radically shifting social milieus. To understand the full significance of these works, the course will include a reader with historical and journalistic pieces relevant to the time and place in which the author is writing and critical essays that help situate the author‘s production within regional literary traditions. Students will be asked to think and write critically about the possibilities and limitations of fiction to document history, the role of narrative in shaping the reception of sociopolitical phenomena and the relationship between art and politics more broadly.

Catalog Description: 
Emphasizes connections between twentieth century literature of the United States and Canada and current literature of Latin America. Emphasizes that, despite obvious differences, much is shared in terms of culture and national sensibility across the two continents.
Department Requirements Met: 
Literature Core
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:19am