Reading World Literature
The upper-division course in CWL is team-taught by two faculty members from English and MLL. It explores what it means to read world literature by focusing on a single theme or problem common to many cultures that takes different forms in each local environment. For example, the course might focus on the problem of migrations to see how global literary forms have found different ways to represent what happens when people move from place to place. Or the course might focus on the different ways of representing coming of age. Yet another theme that the course might explore centers on the Anthropocene and how the environment is figured across cultures. Earlier iterations of the course have focused on travel, on print cultures and book history, and on global poetry; consequently, readings may include “Gilgamesh”, Laila Lalami’s “The Moor’s Account”, Aphra Behn’s “Oroonoko”, Marco Polo’s “The Travels” and Thomas Pynchon’s “The Crying of Lot 49”. Prerequisite: CWL 220 or permission of instructor. Offered every other spring.