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Unit 10: Culture as Context With a focus on Vikas Swarup’s novel Q & A
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Meeting other cultures… • Sometimes reading texts that come from other cultures, particularly those that have been translated from another language, may take us outside of our comfort zone. • The first thing to realize is that it is okay to be a little uncomfortable. The key is to keep trying and to be conscious of your reactions. If you are mindful you should be able to maintain some critical distance. If you are not you may end up missing (or dismissing) something important.
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Meeting a text… • To fairly evaluate or interpret a text that may employ cultural details and symbols we don’t share, context should be taken into account. • Work to connect to what you can. There are usually universal human emotions and relationships to identify with. • If you don’t recognize something, look it up. Some things may not be critical to our understanding of a text (what a samosa is, etc.), but others (social structures, religious/cultural/linguistic groups,etc.) may be very important.
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It comes down to common sense Like much of what we have covered this semester, dealing with cultural context can come down to the point of common sense. Use your instincts. As you are reading, you will find that there are things you can pick up through the context of the work. You may not know what a dabbawallah or a tiffin is right away, but the text gives
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UnitTen - Unit 10: Culture as Context With a focus on Vikas...

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