Instructor: Hennessey T/Th 12:30pm – 1:50pm
BoK: DC – Diversity & Culture; HU – Humanities
This course is a comparative study of literature from Africa, the Americas, Asia as well as Europe. The class will concentrate on contemporary world literature as it shapes and reacts to national and global identities, to geographic and political boundaries and conditions, but also, how it poses larger questions of being human and finding meaning amid increasing technological systems and global economic constraints. Some of the books we will examine are novels, such as Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, plays such as Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden, as well as poetry and short fiction from other world literary figures. Students will be encouraged to respond to a variety of genres as well as exploring the contexts from which these literary texts arise.