world_lit2007n - 90629/90413 ENG 221 FALL 2007-Aggarwal...

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90629/90413 ENG 221 FALL 2007—Aggarwal Selected Studies: World Literature Meeting Times and Place: 4-6:40 pm W, 105 Orlando Hall Office Hours: 11 am-12.00 MWF, 1-2 pm F, and by appointment Office: 109 Orlando Hall Office Phone #: 2387 E-mail: Course Description: How would we express our intimate ties to nation, ancestry, and country of origin: through our music and culture, and through the products we buy? Would it be a tract, an address, a slogan, an anthem? What words would you set to such a song? In this course, we will consider how a range of writers imagine nation, citizenship, and homeland in many fantastic, nostalgic and resistant ways. We will examine the impact of decolonization and globalization in various works from West and North Africa, South Asia, Japan, and from artists who cross national identities. We will think about how a history of colonization impacts a writer’s relationship with language as well as We will ask how aesthetic choices reflect the complicated nature of national identity, particularly in regard to gender, race and class. We will also look at how other national cultural forms such as music and cinema comic books (Western pop/dub music/Bollywood film/manga and anime) inflect the work of poets and novelists. By discussing such multiple cultural registers, we will ask ourselves how we imagine other nations and our own as both fabulous fantasy spaces and necessary political entities. Finally, given the mass migrations and political upheavals of the past century and the present, we will ask ourselves if it possible to fashion ourselves as global citizens and world travelers? While we take an a cultural studies and postcolonial perspective, we will focus also on “close readings” of various texts. Required Texts: Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness Chris Abani, Graceland Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart Laila Lalami, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Death Note , Volume 1 and 2 Tatsuhiko Takimoto and Yoshitoshi Abe’s Welcome to the NHK , Volume 1 Films: Spirited Away (2001 ) , Lagaan (2004) -- will be available on reserve at Olin Library Additional readings will be available on e-reserve (password: “postco”); you will receive others in class handouts. You are responsible for retrieving and completing all of the readings.
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Grading and Assignments: Attendance/Participation/Quizzes 10% Group Presentation 10% Midterm Exam 15% Essay 1 20% Research Paper (or Creative Option) 25% Final Exam 20% Grade distribution A 93-100 B+ 87-89 C+ 77-79 etc. A- 90-92 B 83-86 C 73-76 B- 80-82 C- 70-72 Official Policies ROLLINS ACADEMIC HONOR CODE Membership in the student body of Rollins College carries with it an obligation, and requires a commitment, to act with honor in all things. Because academic integrity is fundamental to the pursuit of knowledge and truth and is the heart of the academic life of Rollins College, it is the responsibility of all members of the College community to practice it and to report apparent
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