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Sealy GillesPhone: 718 780 4329English 64 – Spring 2012 – 3 creditsNon-Western LiteraturesTues/Thurs 1:30-2:45 am. H216Office: Humanities 460Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 12-1 pm, Tu 3-4 pmEmail: sealy.gilles@liu.edu3 creditsPrerequisites: English 16.Questions of Power: Mesopotamia, Mali, NigeriaDrawing primarily from the literatures of Africa and Asia, each section focuses on at least two geographical areas, such as Western Africa, China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia or the Pacific Islands. Broad sweeps of time may be covered or specific periods of high cultural achievements such as the Tang Dynasty, Medieval Japan or West Africa before the European invasion may be highlighted.In this course, we will explore the use of power in its many guises – brutal and humane, personaland political, controlled and excessive. Ancient and modern stories from the Middle East and Africa celebrate the powerful even as they worry about the consequences of unbridled strength. In some cases, texts act to reinforce and justify the use of power. In others, characters resist the incursions of foreigners or the actions of their own rulers. As we read, we will explore the originsof power, the various forms it takes, and its implications. You will be asked to read closely and fully, write frequently, and participate actively. You may expect that I will respect your ideas and respond quickly and fairly to your work. In turn, I require that you attend carefully to your classmates’ opinions and that you complete your work honestly and completely. Required texts: Please buy the required editions. You will have trouble following the discussion if you use a different translation or edition. E-texts are fine as long as the translation is the same and you have the text available in class.Gilgamesh, translated by David Ferry (Farrar, Straus)Sundiata, translated by D. T. Niane (Longman)No Longer at Ease, by Chinua Achebe (Anchor)Gods and Soldiers: the Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Literature, edited by Rob Spillman (Penguin)Collected Plays, vol. 2by Wole Soyinka OR any edition of The Lion and the Jewela grammar and documentation handbook or web-site with up-to-date MLA guidelines:for example: Diane Hacker, A Writer’s Reference, The Little Brown Handbook or OWL: Online Writers Lab [Purdue University].

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