ENGLI200-18A (HAM)

Global Fictions

15 Points

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Division of Arts, Social Sciences and Law
School of Arts
English

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Paper Description

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This paper examines literary responses to cultural change in contemporary modernity, and situates itself in the urbanised, transnational spaces in which so much of the world’s population now lives. As twenty-first century fictions of globalisation, the novels in ENGLI200 engage with countries and cultures that are increasingly interconnected, and explore the losses and gains that this has brought to individuals, communities, and nations. From Zadie Smith’s reflections on contemporary slavery to Margaret Atwood’s speculations on biopolitical control, Sunjeev Sahota’s illegal immigrants to Teju Cole’s disaffected psychiatrist, the texts study engagements with race, gender, nationhood, education, employment, terrorism, and the environment in different cultural and intercultural settings. At the heart of the paper lie questions regarding the intersections of knowledge, power, and culture, in particular in relation to identity and belonging within increasingly corporatized economies. Different world views and knowledge bases clash and connect in these novels, as the paper traces the challenges and rewards that diversity and multicultural landscapes bring.

The literary texts are supplemented by theoretical texts that provide frameworks through which to read the novels, looking specifically at theories and methodologies associated with postcolonialism, intersectionality, gender, precarity, race, ecocriticism, and world literature. The paper returns throughout to metacritical reflections on how the way in which literary texts and literary theories engage with culture and identity, and thus questions the ways in which the discipline of literature responds to and represents different cultures and cultural knowledge.

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Paper Structure

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Students must attend both lectures and one tutorial every week. Please organise your study to ensure that you come to the lectures having read the novels and theoretical texts being addressed - your ability to follow the lecture and ask any questions needed will greatly increase if you do.

All course information will be available through Moodle.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Undertake close readings of literary prose
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  • Understand and explain theoretical concepts concerning race, gender, globalisation, postcolonialism, transnationalism, and the environment, and apply these concepts to the analysis of literary texts
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  • Develop clear arguments about literary works, and support these arguments with pertinent examples from the text
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  • Write and research an essay, synthesising theoretical, cultural, and literary analyses
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Presentation
10
  • Presentation: In Class
2. Essay 1
12 Mar 2018
11:30 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Essay 2
13 Apr 2018
11:30 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Essay 3
21 May 2018
11:30 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Final Essay
11 Jun 2018
11:30 PM
35
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6. Class Participation
5
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Required reading – literary texts

Smith's short story can be found on our Moodle page. The novels must be purchased.

  • The Embassy of Cambodia – Zadie Smith
  • The Year of the Runaways - Sunjeev Sahota
  • Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Open City: A Novel - Teju Cole
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Moshin Hamid
  • Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood

Required reading – theory

  • Arjun Appadurai,‘Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy’, Modernity at Large (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996) pp. 27-47.
  • David Damrosch, ‘Going Global’, in How to Read World Literature (Chichester: John Wiley, 2009) pp. 105-144
  • Sharae Deckard et al, ‘World Literature in the Context of Combined and Uneven Development’, Combined and Uneven Development: Towards a New Theory of World-Literature (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2015) pp. 6-22.
  • Ania Loomba, ‘Situating Colonial and Postcolonial Studies', in Literary Theory, An Anthology, ed. by Julie Rivkin, Michael Ryan (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004) pp.1100-1111.
  • Simon Gikandi, ‘Globalisation and the Claims of Postcoloniality’, The South Atlantic Quarterly 100.3 (2001): pp 627-658.
  • R.W. Connell and James W. Messerschmidt, ‘Hegemonic Masculinity: Rethinking the Concept’, Gender and Society 19.6 (2005): pp 829-859.
  • Nancy Ettlinger, ‘Precarity Unbound’, Alternatives: Global, Local, Political 32.3 (2007): pp. 319-340.
  • Frantz Fanon, ‘The Fact of Blackness’,Black Skin, White Masks (London: MacGinnon & Kee, 1968) pp.
  • Kimberle Crenshaw, ‘Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color’, Stanford Law Review 43.6 (1991): pp. 1241-1299.
  • Vrushali Patil, ‘From Patriarchy to Intersectionality: A Transnational Feminist Assessment of How Far We’ve Really Come’, Signs 38.4 (2013): pp. 847-867.
  • Andreas Huyssen, ‘Present Pasts: Media, Politics, Amnesia’, in Present Pasts: Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003) pp. 11-29.
  • Martin Randall, ‘Introduction: Eyewitnesses, Conspiracies and Baudrillard’, 9/11 and the Literature of Terror (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014) pp. 1-18
  • Rob Nixon, ‘Introduction’, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2011) pp. 1-44.
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Recommended Readings

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Recommended reading

  • Casanova, Pascale. The World Republic of Letters. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007.
  • Moretti, Franco. "Conjectures on World Literature." New Left Review 1 (Jan-Feb 2000).
  • Moretti, Franco. "More Conjectures." New Left Review 20 (Mar-Apr 2003).
  • Apter, Emily. "Untranslatables: A World System." New Literary History 39.3 (2008): 581-98.
  • Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty, and David Damrosch. "Comparative Literature/World Literature: A Discussion with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and David Damrosch." Comparative Literature Studies 48.4 (2011): 455-85.
  • Damrosch, David. How to Read World Literature. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
  • McGurl, Mark. The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011.
  • Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. New York: Spiegel and Grau, 2015.
  • Friedman, Susan Stanford. “Migrations, Diasporas, and Borders.” In Introduction to Scholarship in Modern Languages and Literatures, edited by David Nicholls, 260-93. New York: Modern Languages Association of America, 2007.
  • Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. We Should All Be Feminists. London: Fourth Estate, 2014.
  • Connell, Raewyn. “Change among the Gatekeepers: Men, Masculinities, and Gender Equality in the Global Arena.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 30.3 (2005): 1801-25.
  • Freeman, Carla. “Is Local : Global as Feminine : Masculine? Rethinking the Gender of Globalization.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 26.4 (2001): 1008-37
  • Friedman, Susan Stanford. Mappings: Feminism and the Cultural Geographies of Encounter. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998.
  • Mohanty, Chandra Talpade. “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourse.” Feminist Review 30 (1988): 61-88.
  • Caldwell, Paulette. "A Hair Piece: Perspectives on the Intersection of Race and Gender." Duke Law Journal 2 (1991): 365-96.
  • Crenshaw, Kimberlé. "Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Gender: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics." The University of Chicago Legal Forum (1989): 139-67.
  • Aschcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Griffin. The Post-Colonial Studies Reader. London: Routledge, 1995.
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Online Support

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Assignments will be submitted on Moodle, and feedback will be uploaded to Moodle once assignments have been marked. Lecture slides, additional reading and assessment information will also be available on Moodle, with lecture slides uploaded after the lectures have been given. Please note that the lecture slides are always there to aid and support the oral lecture, not replace it!

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Workload

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The expected workload for this paper is 12 hours per week (3 hours of teaching and 9 hours of self-directed study).

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