Intro to Lit: Literary History (20C World Lit)

20th Century World Literature in

English Literature De-Centered

In this course we will read novels from Nigeria,
India, Samoa, New Zealand, Antigua, and Native America. In what ways did the
publication of these novels affect our understanding of English
literature?  How did these writers take
up and alter the form of the novel, the corpus of English Literature, and the
English language? What strategies did these diverse writers engage in dealing
with colonialism, gender/sexuality, poverty, tradition, religion/spirituality,
education, and (self-) representation? In reading these works, we will be
introduced to the historical and political contexts in which they were written
and the statements they make. We will develop the skills to appreciate these
texts as works of literature through an examination of form, language, and
style. Throughout the course, we will discuss the conventions and admonishments
for effectively writing about literature.

This is a writing-intensive course that will
feature peer review and regular class discussion. Required reading not listed
below will be available to download and print via Laulima.

Course Requirements

  • Attendance and participation
  • Three (3) five-page essays
  • Response papers
  • Quizzes
  • Peer-editing
  • Final exam

Required Texts (available at Revolution Books, 2626 King Street)

  • Amos Tutuola – The Palm Wine Drinkard and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
  • R.K. Narayan – The Guide
  • Albert Wendt – Leaves of the Banyan Tree
  • Leslie Marmon Silko – Ceremony
  • Janet Frame – Living in the Maniototo
  • Jamaica Kincaid – Annie John