90629/90413 ENG 221
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
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
imagine nation, citizenship, and homeland in many fantastic, nostalgic and resistant
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.
Heart of Darkness
Things Fall Apart
Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits
Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s
, Volume 1 and 2
Tatsuhiko Takimoto and Yoshitoshi Abe’s
Welcome to the NHK
, Volume 1
-- 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